SYNERG YOUNG PROFESSIONALS, DOWNTOWN GREENSBORO INCORPORATED & ARTSGREENSBORO CONTINUE WITH FIRST FRIDAY ON THE BLOCK PROGRAMMING

"GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 31, 2016) The second in the First Friday On The Block series will continue on June 3rd from 6-9pm. Elm Street from MLK to Lewis St. will be closed to traffic to make room for pop up music, interactive arts programming, food trucks, and beer and wine. 
Pedestrians will have full access to the area to enjoy programming coordinated synerG young Professionals, Downtown Greensboro, Inc. and ArtsGreensboro.

Other entertainment? We have plenty. The organizations are collaborating with Funky Funk NC - North Carolina's B-Boy talent that will showcase their skills and teach you a few in various short programs during First Friday; The Artist Bloc will be hosting art battles throughout the evening for kids,  Ambleside Gallery will be hosting a street gallery, the UNCG Art Truck will be out, there will be free cornhole and more. And of course, many of the Downtown businesses will be open late during the event!

Getting hungry and thirsty?  In the pedestrian area, we will have brews served by Gibbs Hundred, Natty Greene’s and Preyer Brewing and wine from The Grove Winery. Food trucks for the event include Chirba Chirba, Hickory Tree BBQ and Gnam Gnam Gelato. You can also check out any of the great downtown restaurants, bars and breweries!

Want to volunteer to help make these events a success through helping set up, check ids, serve beer and help with programming? Email hmeredith@actiongreensboro.org.

Next First Friday On The Blocks will be held July 1 and August 5.

Other First Friday Happenings:
·         GreenHill: Mary D. Williams performance
·         The Shop at GreenHill: Influence opening
·         CVA: 100 for 100
·         Urban Grinders: Chris Reeves’ Magnum Opus
·         Int’l Civil Rights Msm.: Urban line-dancing
·         Blue Denim: Artist Denise Landi
·         Chakras Spa: Artist Sarah McClinton w/ Kim Kennedy
·         Fahrenheit Kollectiv: Artist Ashley Vanore
·         Fire Salon: Bonnie and Chris Reed
·         Natty Greene’s: NEW limited-release draft & PupUP dog park
·         Elm Street (MLK to Lewis): First Friday on the Block
·         Artist Bloc: Art Battles for kids
·         UNCG Art Truck: Julia Caston’s Manifesto of Small Works
·         Vivid Interiors: Art Exhibit
·         CTG: Cinderella Kids
·         Elements Gallery: 5th-Anniversary celebration
·         Ambleside Gallery: Street gallery
·         ReAligned: More Cowbell
·         HQ Greensboro: Local painters & photographers
·         Urban Gardener: Flowers, Art & Music

·         The Forge: Makers in Action"

- A Press Release

Greensboro Symphony names new COO

"Daniel Crupi, who has served as Director of Development and Public Relations for the Greensboro Symphony since 2013, will be the organization’s new Chief Operating Officer, effective June 1. The shift comes after three years of steady growth for the GSO, including a 30% increase in individual contributions and a number of new major gifts to the Symphony’s Endowment Fund.

The newly created position will work closely with Lisa Crawford, President & CEO, to oversee a diverse portfolio, including finance, development, community engagement, & artistic operations. “Daniel has become a valuable asset not only for the Greensboro Symphony but for the Greensboro community,” said Crawford. “He possesses tremendous potential and is an excellent example of how hiring recent local college graduates can act as a catalyst to strengthen the business landscape of our area.”

Crupi’s background in the arts is varied, having worked in arts marketing, operations, and production in addition to his time in development and public relations at the GSO. He also possesses a performance background, having graduated from the University of Notre Dame and UNC-Greensboro with degrees in music. “The Greensboro Symphony is in a strong position and has an exciting future in the impending Steven Tanger Center,” said Crupi. “I am honored to continue to play a role in the Symphony’s growth and development as we strive to lay a firm foundation for future success.”"

- A Press Release


Kids First Saturdays at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market to be Held on June 4th at 10am.

"Greensboro, NCKids First Saturdays returns to the Market on Saturday, June 4th with educators Marla Rindale and Ginny Schaadt of the Ragsdale YMCA.  June’s focus is “Whoa, Slow & Go Foods” helping children recognize healthy choices vs. less healthy choices.

This free educational program for children ages 6-12 will be hosted at the Curb Market during normal operating hours and will take place outside (weather permitting) or in the Market’s new Harvest Learning CafĂ©. The program will begin at 10:00 am during regular market hours and will be 30-45 minutes.  Kids First Saturdays program participation is available on a first come, first serve basis and pre-registration is required.

In addition, children registered in the Guilford County Free/Reduced Lunch Program, are eligible for free Kids Coins up to $5.00, redeemable at any participating vendor’s table at the market. Proof of enrollment in program is required. Parents will be required to sign their children in and out and to stay on Market premises for the duration of the program.

For online registration go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4babaa2ca5fa7-kids or pick up printed copy at the manager’s table during Market hours.


The Kids First Saturdays program is made possible through partnerships with Terri Maultsby of Think, Eat, Grow; Katie Page of Wren’s Nest Yoga; The Guilford County Beekeepers Association; the YMCA; Camp Weaver; and the generous support from The Future Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro."

- A Press Release

"Biking with Whole Foods Market" Makes National Debut on May 28 in Greensboro to teach and encourage people to bike with groceries



"WHAT: Whole Foods Market Greensboro-Friendly will host a group bike ride experience to help beginner cyclists learn safe routes to their local Whole Foods Market and how to bike with groceries. The event in Greensboro is one of the first four locations where the initiative is launching nation-wide in May and June.

WHO: Hosted by Whole Foods Market Greensboro-Friendly, created by My City Bikes, ride leaders from Trek Bicycle Store Greensboro, free and open to the public

WHERE: Whole Foods Market Greensboro-Friendly, 3202 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27408

WHEN: Saturday, May 28, arrive at 4:00 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Greensboro-Friendly for a complimentary bike safety check and refreshments, ride leaves promptly at 4:25 p.m.

WHY: Biking with Whole Foods Market is a social group bike ride centered on the health, environmental and financial benefits of commuter biking for trips within 5-10 miles of the home. Participants will see where local biking routes and paths are in their community, learn how to bike with groceries, and experience the bike commute to their local Whole Foods Market with a group.

Biking with groceries is where fitness meets food. It's a way to multitask fitness and build a habit of buying and eating more fresh foods. Making a bike ride to the store every day or two instead of stockpiling with a car allows a person to get regular exercise and get into a cycle of eating fresh. By hosting this new ride concept, Whole Foods Market is not only teaching people how to eat organically, but showing them how to live organically.

"Whole Foods Market is the best place to experience whole foods that work to help your body work effectively," said Anthony Douglas, My City Bikes Alliance supervisor. "The reason Whole Foods Market and biking are necessary for whole body health is the same reason fuel is a necessity for any machine. Our bodies feed off of fuel and movement. Without the proper fuel and maintenance, the machine will stop. The whole purpose of My City Bikes is to show you where to start. That's the Whole Foods Market group ride. This bike ride starts at Whole Foods Market because a large part of body optimization is riding a bike. A bike is the second most important fuel for your body to maximize its full potential. The first most important fuel is food. Whole foods."

All participants are required to wear a helmet for the duration of the ride and complete a participation waiver. Participants can learn more about the local ride and pre-register by submitting their registration waiver at lifeisacycle.bike.


My City Bikes powered by Interbike is the global public health alliance for beginner cyclists. The mission of My City Bikes is to help people discover better health and quality of life through biking. The web­ and mobile­ campaign benefits communities by providing simple, localized mobile resources and media advocacy to facilitate cycling along with an alliance of local businesses, healthcare organizations, government agencies, and organizations. My City Bikes is connecting communities with their basic but essential beginner biking resources to empower individuals to improve their health by simply pedaling a bike. Join the biggest bike team in the world! Download your free local My City Bikes app at http://mycitybikes.org to find local entry-­level rides, need-­to-­know DIY bike maintenance, and beginner­ friendly bike shop experts in your neighborhood."

- A Press Release

Dining for Friends still needs to raise over $21,000 before June 30

"GREENSBORO, N.C. (May 27, 2016) - Triad Health Project (THP), the area’s HIV/AIDS service and support organization for 30 years, is currently $21,575 short of its 2016 Dining for Friends (DFF) goal and seeks the community’s support to close the gap before the end of its fiscal year, June 30.

“In so many ways, we’ve had a remarkable DFF season, with wonderful parties and engaged and generous donors.  But a few of our long-standing and high-contributing parties didn’t happen this year, and we need some extra help from our community to reach our goal,” says Ken Keeton, the agency’s interim executive director. 

DFF is a 27-year tradition for THP.  Funds raised by DFF support THP’s direct client services programs which are focused on appropriate medical care and providing a host of supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS.  Additionally, funds support THP’s prevention, testing, and education outreach initiatives throughout the larger community.

Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated, and can be made online at www.triadhealthproject.com, or by mailing a check to Triad Health Project, PO Box 5716, Greensboro, NC 27435. 

“HIV/AIDS remains a huge challenge in Guilford County, and it’s not going away anytime soon,” says Keeton.  “Nearly 3,000 of our friends and neighbors are living with this chronic illness, and we still see new HIV infections, particularly among young adults.  There is still a lot of work to do.”  

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About Triad Health Project

Founded in 1986 by a group of friends who banded together in support of other friends who were newly diagnosed with HIV and lacking any system of support, Triad Health Project has evolved into Guilford County’s only HIV/AIDS service organization.  Triad Health Project works to fulfill its mission of providing practical and emotional support to individuals infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS, and educates those at risk and the community at large about HIV/AIDS.  THP currently provides direct care and support services to over 550 people in the community who are living with HIV/AIDS, and education and free and confidential testing for over 2,000 additional people every year."

- A Press Release


Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Raises $425,000

Ron Lane Top Individual Fundraiser: Ron Lane was recognized as the
Top Individual Fundraiser, raising $6,405
"Greensboro, N.C. – More than 4,400 Greater Guilford County residents hit the UNCG campus on Saturday, May 21 for the 2016 Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk, raising more than $425,000 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Funds are still being raised and donations are being accepted through June 30.

“We want to thank all the participants in this year’s walk, Crumley Roberts for being the Greater Guilford Life is Why Sponsor, all of our sponsoring companies who provided leadership, time and funds,” shares Dr. Jake Hochrein, Chief of Cone Health Medical Group HeartCare and the Chief of the Cone Health Cardiovascular Service Line. Hochrein served as chairman of the 2016 Greater Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk.

Cone Health Systems Team Top Fundraising Company:
Raising $48,765 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education
Proud pet parents walked over 20 dressed up doggies across the stage for the Heart & Stroke Walk’s Pooches on Parade. All the doggie contestants had their photos taken and all photos are now posted on the TriadAHA Facebook page. The pup picture with the most “likes” will be named the Guilford Heart & Stroke Walk Pooch of the Year and will be featured in next year’s ads and program.

At the event, local heart disease and stroke survivors received and wore their signature red caps and walkers honored those lost to heart disease or stroke in the mile and a half Tribute Walk Route. Cone Health Systems was the top fundraising company raising $48,765 for heart disease and stroke research and prevention education. Ron Lane was recognized as the top fundraising individual, raising $6,405 to help in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Sponsored by Solstas Labs and Quest Diagnostics, Roll Up Your Sleeves lifestyle change champions were recognized from the stage sharing their accomplishments on their heart healthy journey for the past three month. Kelly Wiglesworth, Former Contestant on TV Show Survivor, attended the walk and shared her healthy lifestyle changes as part of the Roll Up Your Sleeves Campaign with Quest Diagnostics.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S. and stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the nation and a leading cause of permanent disability. We lose one out of every three Americans to cardiovascular disease.


Heart healthy lifestyle changes, such as walking, can help to prevent heart disease. For more information on the Greater Guilford Heart and Stroke Walk or to make a donation, visit www.guilfordheartwalk.org."

Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe presents… Veterans Appreciation Weekend MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND (May 28-30)

"May 24th, 2016 – Greensboro, NC - WET’N WILD EMERALD POINTE invites you to join us Memorial Day Weekend for a special celebration featuring FREE PARK ADMISSION for all veterans (active, non-active & reserves)!  Join us for a fun-filled family weekend SATURDAY, MAY 28TH through Monday, May 30th as we celebrate with our area veterans and their families!  Wet’n Wild operating hours will be 10:00am until 5:00pm each day.  
(Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe is now open weekends only; daily operation begins June 10, 2016)

VETERANS APPRECIATION WEEKEND festivities also include a special promotion with Save $10.00 on daily park General Admission Tickets for the weekend (May 28-30, 2016 only) with Veterans Appreciation Discount Coupons available at Greensboro area CHICK-FIL-A locations!  A minimum donation of $7,500.00 will be presented for Triad area veterans’ assistance.  In addition, on Memorial Day, May 30th, a flag-raising ceremony presented by the NORTH CAROLINA NATIONAL HONOR GUARD will be held at 9:45am with the National Anthem performed on trumpet by MARK LOY followed by a presentation of the donation check to local officials (inside the park Main Entrance at the Flag Pole area).  Sponsors of Veterans Appreciation Weekend are HAECO (formerly TIMCO), HOME DEPOT, WET’N WILD EMERALD POINTE and THE CRESCENT ROTARY CLUB.

Ranked one of the top ten water parks in America, WET’N WILD EMERALD POINTE is fun for all ages from tots to seniors-who enjoy thrill levels from mild to wild!  Guests will enjoy over 36 rides and attractions, beautifully shaded areas, private cabanas for rental, comfortable lounge chairs, lockers, coolers & baskets storages, a relaxing redesigned group picnic area, CLUB BERMUDA GROUP and ACTIVITY ISLAND and so much more!
Wet’n Wild Emerald Pointe is located just south of Greensboro, NC at Exit 34 on Business #85 (Holden Rd. Exit).  For more info, call (336) 852-9721 or (800) 555-5900 or visit www.emeraldpointe.com.



WET’N WILD EMERALD POINTE is part of the Palace Entertainment family of parks.  Palace Entertainment owns and operates theme parks, water parks and family entertainment centers nationwide, including Kennywood, Splish Splash and Dutch Wonderland on the east coast and Raging Waters on the west coast.  The company entertains millions of guests annually and is one of the largest park operators in the United States.  For more information, visit palaceentertainment.com"

- A Press Release

TRIAD STAGE PRESENTS A WORLD PREMIERE ADAPTATION OF DON JUAN

Pictured: Dierdre Friel, Mickey Solis and Jamison Stern. Photo by VanderVeen Photographers.

Preston Lane’s adaptation of Moliere’s comedy
heats up Greensboro June 5 - 26, 2016

"(Greensboro, NC) — Triad Stage is ending its 15th season of producing professional theater with a sizzling new comedy. Three of the funniest actors from Triad Stage’s first fifteen seasons return to go wild with Moliere’s wicked comedy of love and lust. A planned production of Don Juan threatens to go off the rails when the rest of the cast doesn’t pull their weight, but the play goes on thanks to the Herculean and hilarious efforts of three Triad Stage all-stars to bring the show about the world’s greatest romancer to uproarious life. Don Juan runs June 5 - 26, 2016. Opening Night is Friday, June 10.

About the production
“Moliere was a comic genius, and his plays keep us laughing from start to finish,” says Preston Lane, Founding Artistic Director and the director and adapter of Don Juan. “But behind the laughter is a sharp, satirical comment on hypocrisy that is as pertinent today as it was when written. In this increasingly strange election year, we need more laughter. I'm thrilled to be collaborating with some of the funniest actors I know to look for ways to surprise and delight audiences.”

Don Juan has always been one of my favorite Moliere comedies. Its main character is drawn from classical literature but the folks around him are lifted from the touring street theaters. Its structure is much more rough-and-tumble than neoclassical. There's more sitcom and less comedy of manners at work in this very sinful comedy.”

The creative team includes: scenic designer Howard C. Jones, costume designer Miwa Ishii, lighting designer Kristen Geisler, and sound designer Gabriel Clausen. The dramaturg is Bryan Conger, Denise Gabriel is the movement coach, Christine Morris is the vocal coach, Jim Wren is the fight choreographer, Cindi Rush is the casting director, and the stage manager is Emily J. Mails.

The Cast
The cast includes three returning audience-favorite performers: Mickey Solis (Triad Stage: Wait Until Dark, The Illusion), Dierdre Friel (Triad Stage: Tennessee Playboy, Masquerade, Doubt), and Jamison Stern (Triad Stage: Snow Queen, Around the World in 80 Days). Also listed as appearing in this production are Ali Bieg, Reena Montala, Emery Deen Moon, E. Milton Roe, and Jake Whigboat.

More information on the production can be found online at www.triadstage.org.

Performance and special event information

All performances are at Triad Stage at The Pyrle Theater, located at 232 South Elm Street in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina (between Market and Washington Streets).

Show times for Don Juan are 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings and 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees are at 2:00 p.m. There are no matinee performances during previews.
Opening Night, sponsored by Cone Health, is Friday, June 10 at 8:00 p.m. Pay-What-You-Can performances are Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, at 7:30 p.m. Wine Tasting Friday, sponsored by Bernard Robinson and Company, is Friday, June 17, prior to the evening’s 8:00 p.m. performance.

Technically Talking, a behind-the-scenes discussion with members of the design team is Tuesday, June 7, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. preview performance.

The InSight Series, the free humanities program sponsored by Pennybyrn at Maryfield, with a noted expert who will be discussing the world of the play will be held on Sunday, April 17, immediately following the 2:00 p.m. matinee performance.

PostScript, a lively, open discussion with the cast, will be held on Thursday, June 16, immediately following the 7:30 p.m. performance. The PostScript series is sponsored by Clifford Clendenin & O’Hale, LLP.

About Triad Stage
Triad Stage is a professional not-for-profit regional theater company based in Greensboro’s downtown historic district. All Triad Stage productions are created in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina using the best of local and national talent. Triad Stage gratefully acknowledges the support of its Season Sponsors: Blue Zoom, the North Carolina Arts Council, ArtsGreensboro and The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County.

Triad Stage’s 16th Anniversary Season has been announced! Season passes are currently on sale. For more information about the 16th Season, please visit www.triadstage.org/seasonpreview.

All Triad Stage productions feature the bold acting and breathtaking design that have been nationally recognized by The Wall Street Journal and by the American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®, which named Triad Stage one of the top ten most promising theatres in the country as a recipient of the 2010 National Theatre Company Grant. Triad Stage has also earned accolades including “Best North Carolina Production of 2010” for The Glass Menagerie by Triangle Arts & Entertainment magazine; “One of the Best Regional Theatres in America”, New York’s Drama League; “Best Live Theater” (nine years running), Go Triad/News & Record and The Rhinoceros Times; and “Professional Theater of the Year” (2003, 2011), North Carolina Theatre Conference. 

To purchase tickets or for performance information on Don Juan, call the Triad Stage Box Office at 336.272.0160 or toll-free at 866.579.TIXX (8499), or visit www.triadstage.org."

- A Press Release


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