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Voice - magazine for women is the region's first magazine for women! Created for women, by women, about women, and to women! Delivered on the first Friday of each month, Voice Magazine can be found in over 600 places throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia in areas frequented by women

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  • With the gas prices jumping leaps and bounds upward, its the time

    to look around at the local region for entertainment, shopping, home

    improvements and vacations. The roller coaster bumpy ride to the gas

    pumps is causing nausea for all of us. But before you throw up, take a look at some of the

    best local happenings in your own backyard!

    One of those local happenings in your backyard is the event on March 10 women

    celebrating years of achievement the Womens Empowerment Network of Women will

    host their 5th Annual International Womens Day Celebration at the Country Club of Bristol

    on Saturday, March 10. Dinner, sharing of inspiration, entertainment and great door prizes

    are all included for one price. See page 17 for details.

    Another must attend event - YWCA Tribute to Women. Twelve local women are chosen

    and the recipients are honored at this event. The banquet will be April 19, 2012, so call now

    to make your reservations 423-968-9444. This is a terrific opportunity to show your

    support to the YW and the women of the region!

    Not too far from your backyard is a new project for Voice Magazine, Mountain Girl Press

    and Heritage TV. Java with Janie is a new talk show showcasing the richness of the

    Appalachia region. Get involved! Please visit our website, www.javawithjanie.com. For

    more information about the show, e-mail [email protected] We want your

    feedback and follow us on Facebook.

    Another in your backyard is Barter Theatre in Abindgon, VA. See a review of their

    production, 9 to 5: The Musical on page 7. A must see!Voice Magazine will be continuing to work on new projects and participating in local

    events to promote our advertisers and their businesses and services. We are the local voice

    for the region. Thank you for your support! Check out our calendar of events on our website,

    www.voicemagazineforwomen.com. Send inquiries and suggestions to

    [email protected]

    Thought of the month: "It's not where you're from; it's where you're going. It's not whatyou drive; it's what drives you. It's not what's on you; it's what's in you. It's not what youthink; it's what you know." -Gatorade commercial

    Verse of the month: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose underthe heaven... Ecclesiastes 3:1

    Going into our 9th year, we are ahead of the rest, and we are the best! Thanks to our advertisers and readers!

    We couldnt be here and there without all of you!

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    omen.comMarch 2012

    GET THE DIRT!

    6 Gardening Trends

    Home Improvement

    Claudia Byrd

    Speedway Childrens Charities

    Bristol Chapter

    Making a Difference

    A Passion for the Mid-Atlantic Gardening Faire

    9-5: The Musical Review of Barter Theatre Production

    Gardening: An Herbal Remedy for Spring FeverCrystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent- Unicoi County

    Are you Yellow?Provided by Fashion Flora

    2012 YW Tribute to Women Volunteer Steering Committee & Judging Panel

    Kids Art CenterMartha McGlothlin Gayle

    PUBLISHER

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    PO Box 701, Johnson City, TN 37605

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    PUBLISHED BY JAN-CAROL PUBLISHING, INC.

    (Volume 9, Issue 3)

    While every precaution has been taken to ensure accuracy

    of the published material, Jan-Carol Publishing, Inc. VOICE

    Magazine cannot be held responsible for opinions or facts

    provided by its authors, advertisers or agencies. All rights are

    reserved. Reproduction in whole or part is prohibited without

    written permission. Agencies, Advertisers and other contributors

    will indemnify and hold the publisher harmless for any loss or

    expense resulting from claims or suits based upon contents of any

    advertisement, defamation, libel, right of privacy, plagerism and/or

    copyright infringement. The views expressed in VOICE magazine

    for women are not necessarily those of the publisher. 2012

    Editorial Mission: VOICE magazine for women wants to provide a useful andcomplete reliable source of information for women and theirfamilies. We seek to celebrate womens successes, and support theirgrowth by defining and recognizing their needs and providing aconcentration of resources for them. We want to be that link toall women.

    Crystal Robertson

    Martha McGlothlin Gayle

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    Claudia ByrdSpeedway Childrens Charities Bristol Chapter Making a Difference

    Home ImprovementSpring Cleaning

    GET THE DIRT!6 Gardening Trends

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  • Eli ManningEach month Voice will hide apicture of a Hot Hunk. If youfind him, fill out this form, andmail it in and you could winlunch for two!

    Congratulations to

    Winner:

    Shirley Kiser,

    Bristol, VA

    as the winner in

    the February Hot Hunk Hunt!

    Thanks to ALL for sending in

    your entry!

    Name:

    Address:

    City:

    State: Zip Code:

    Phone Number:

    Email:

    HOT HUNK LOCATION:

    Where did I pick up my copy of Voice Magazine?

    Mail this submission form to : Voice Magazine

    P.O. Box 701

    Johnson City, TN 37605

    or e-mail: [email protected]

    Deadline for submission is March 15, 2012. PLEASE, ONE ENTRY PER HOUSEHOLD

    Visit www.voicemagazineforwomen.com to see last months entries.

    MarchHot Hunk Hunt!

    The February Hot Hunk was Bradley Cooperin the Trading Post ad on page 27. Surviving the Lions

    By: Robin Dugall

    ..Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear noevil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 KJV

    There is a myth in much of Christianity that once you become a follower of Jesus

    you are protected from tough times. People interpret the abundant life that Jesus

    promises as if His role is to insulate us from the hard realities of life, but it just

    doesnt happen that way. For those who trust in Jesus, we echo what David wrote

    when he penned those famous words in the 23rd Psalm.

    Note that David, the author of Psalm 23, didnt write, IF I walk through the

    valley Rather, he exclaims even though. Hard times are inevitable and to

    be anticipated. It is part of what it means to live in a broken world.

    There was a young man who went through horrendously hard times in his life. His

    name was Daniel, and his story can be found in the book of the Old Testament that

    bears his name. One of the most well-known stories about Daniels life is when he

    took a courageous stand for God and ended up at the bottom of a lions den as a

    result. Even though King Darius respected Daniel, he had violated the kings law

    and was quickly sent to the lions den to suffer a certain death. Daniel was

    thrown to the lions, but he did not die. Instead, God delivered him. The king

    was so astounded by the way God protected Daniel that the king himself came to

    acknowledge Him as his own God.

    While we may never have to face being thrown to actual lions, hard times will

    come that threaten all we hold dear. We can trust in God or we can allow the

    challenges to overcome us. When you are experiencing hard times, make God your

    highest priority. Build the foundation of your life on Him.

    We dont have to face tough times alone. God has put people in your life to

    encourage and support you. As Peter said in his New Testament letter, ..Humbleyourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in duetime: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (1 Peter 5:6-7KJV.)This means that humble yourselves under the mighty power of God and He willhonor and bless you."

    With your trust placed firmly in God and His power to deliver, you too can survive

    the lions you face.

    Haiti Mission Trip Fundraiser -Chocolate F iesta and Silent Auction

    March 31, 2012 - 10 am - 3 pm Admission free and donations accepted. Local vendors to supply yummy samples ofchocolate. Bring a box to fill or boxes will be available for purchase. Silent auctionitems to include BMS tickets, Golf packages, UT items, local restaurants and lots more.For more information, contact: Susan Goodwin, Parish Nurse, 423-612-2538 or email:[email protected] View Baptist Church4005 Bristol Hwy Johnson City, TN 423-282-3262 www.mtnviewbaptist.com

  • By: Sloane Trentham

    Claudia Byrd, along with her daughter and son-in-law, sat in

    the ticket booth of Bristol Motor Speedway in Lights on

    December 11, 2011 and informed everyone in line that, for that

    night only, their admittance would be free.

    That night was Random Act of Kindness night at the

    Speedway, which was started in honor of Jeff Byrd, Claudias

    husband and President of BMS, who passed away from cancer

    in October of 2010.

    We told people that all of our wonderful sponsors have

    made it possible to come in for free in honor of Jeffs birthday,

    which is December 10, said Claudia, Director of the

    Speedway Childrens Charities in Bristol. All we asked in

    return is that they do something nice for someone else during

    the holidays.

    They lead by example. On the 15th Annual Night

    of Smiles in 2011, held the week before

    Thanksgiving and the night before Speedway in Lights opens, Speedway

    Childrens Charities gave away a record $660,000 to local non-profit

    childrens organizations, coming a long way from the first year in which

    they gave away $118,000. Claudia started the Bristol Chapter of the

    Speedway Childrens Charities in 1996 when she moved here from

    Winston-Salem, North Carolina, after Jeff got a job offer at BMS.

    After researching, Claudia realized that other chapters of Speedway

    Childrens Charities hosted several black tie events as fundraisers, but she

    also realized that at such formal events, the same people tended to attend.

    I wanted to do something different that not only raised money for kids but

    was also something kids would enjoy, she said.

    On the way to a race in Charlotte, Claudia and Jeff brainstormed and came up with

    the idea for Speedway in Lights, which first opened in 1997.

    The very first night we were there, everything was out of our pockets, and we had no

    idea if anybody would show up, said Claudia.

    That first year, the ticket booth was set up in the parking lot in a shed-like building,

    where the volunteers and staff wore aprons. Even though the tickets they had kept sticking

    together, they successfully sold the tickets and handled money out of their apron pockets

    the entire first run of Speedway in Lights.

    Since that first year, the employees of BMS are busy in the fall because they double as

    decorators for Speedway in Lights. They clean up for two weeks after the August races, then

    immediately start putting up lights.

    It doesnt take that long to get them down, but it takes that long to get them up, said

    Claudia.

    Although Speedway in Lights is the biggest, Speedway Childrens Charities also holds

    several other fundraisers, including, for the past four years, the Sharky 500, which was a hit

    with children. Claudia said that it is a lot of fun, but at the end of the race, someone has to

    sort the 7,100 rubber ducks into numerical order, usually the interns.

    Last year, a new fundraiser was established to appeal to a different clientele: the

    Speedway Childrens Charities Shooting Stars tournament, held at an indoor shooting range.

    Austin Dillon, the grandson of

    former NASCAR racer, Richard

    Childress was the celebrity

    shooter.

    There were people there

    who had never been to one of

    our fundraisers, said Claudia.

    Everyone there said theyd be

    back this year, and this year it

    will be bigger and better.

    Her favorite part of her job,

    by far, is the Night of Smiles

    when she gives the money away.

    However, there is one part of her

    job that Claudia could live without.

    The hardest thing for me every year is to sign the letters that say we are unable to grant

    your request this year, she said.

    Even though their $660,000 year was record-breaking, $2.1 million was requested

    through grants, and there was no way for every agency to receive money. This worried

    Claudia, she said, more than anything.

    Jeff would always tell me not to dwell on that, said Claudia. So far, we have

    raised more than $6 million for children. Just think, hed say. Without you, that

    money would not be there for those kids.

    Every year, more than $1 million dollars in grants is requested from

    legitimate agencies that help children from 16 counties in Northeast

    Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. The box of grants is kept in Claudias

    office. In fact, Claudia has a copy of every single grant that she has ever

    received.

    Twenty judges diligently read each grant, vote and fill out a list for how

    much each organization should get. Then they meet for lunch to privately

    discuss details.

    It works out beautifully, said Claudia. It takes a while, but it works out

    beautifully. My goal is to be able to give some money to every organization that

    requests it.

    She works hard every day because she knows Jeff wanted SCC to be successful. Claudia

    says that thought is what keeps her going.

    I want to do this as long as theyll let me, she said. I want to be happy, healthy and

    spend time with my family. That is something I learned in 2010: that life is too short to take

    anything for granted.

    When she says family, she not only means her two children and 8 grandchildren, whose

    pictures fill her office, but she also means her family at the Speedway. She said that she

    could not have made it through 2010, and Jeffs struggle with cancer, without them.

    We talk about Jeff all the time because he was an amazing person, said Claudia. I hear

    stories of things he did for people all the time. There were things he did that I had no idea.

    He loved to do random acts of kindness.

    Claudia said that Jeff motivated people to give back to the community, and that he did

    that better than anybody she has ever known. So she follows his example.

    I know every dollar we make is going to directly affect the life of a child, she said.

    And that makes you feel so good no matter how tired you are on race weekend and no

    matter how bad your feet hurt. You think, I cant do this anymore. But then you look at

    the numbers at the end of the day, and you think, I wonder how many children we can help

    with that.

    Claudia Byrd, Director of the Bristol

    Chapter of the SpeedwayChildrens Charities

    Calling AllCornhole Players!

    Once again, cornhole players can take home some

    great prizes while also helping Speedway Childrens

    Charities when they test their skills during Food City 500

    race weekend, March 16-18.

    Qualifying tournaments will take place on Friday,

    March 16 at 2 p.m. and Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. The top

    four teams from each qualifier will move to the Grand

    Champion Tournament which will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m.

    Thanks to Ford, teams will be playing for a host of

    great prizes, including the ultimate prize package for the

    overall winner. Grand Champion winners will receive

    $1000 cash, suite seats for the entire 2013 season at BMS

    and a free camping space for both 2013 race weekends.

    Second place earns $300 cash, as well as suite seats and a

    camping space for 2013.

    Qualifying tournament winning teams win $300 cash

    and 2013 season tickets to BMS. Second place receives

    $100 cash and 2012 Food City 500 tickets.

    Teams are encouraged to pre-register online at

    www.bristolmotorspeedway.com or

    www.bristol.speedwaycharities.org. Registrations on the

    day of the event will be allowed if space is available.

    Entry fee is just $40 per team and each player will receive

    a limited edition Ford Charity Cornhole Classic t-shirt.

    All proceeds benefit the Bristol Chapter of Speedway

    Childrens Charities, a non-profit organization which

    raises funds for childrens agencies in Northeast

    Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. (No Top-60 ACO

    ranked players as of January 13, 2012 may participate in

    the Cornhole Classic.)

    Its the greatest job in

    the world to raisemoney and be able

    to give it to kids.-- Claudia Byrd

    quotequote

    Its All for the Children...

  • April 20-22Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center

    Abingdon, VirginiaWhen gardeners thoughts turn longingly to the arrival of spring, the passionate

    Washington County Master Gardeners are hard at work preparing for spring and

    the 15th Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire. The Faire will bring together everything

    passionate gardeners desire to rejuvenate their gardens and tease beautiful flowers

    and food from the earth. On April 20th, 21st and 22nd, join the Washington County

    Master Gardeners at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center located in

    historic Abingdon, Virginia, minutes from I-81 off Exit 14. Drive down One

    Partnership Circle to unearth a

    wealth of gardening delights.

    Occasional or serious gardeners

    will discover anything their

    hearts desire to create the

    beautiful romantic garden.

    The theme, A Passion for

    Gardening, rekindles gardeners

    desires to lure beautiful creations

    from the earth. The Garden

    Marketplace will be overflowing

    with everything under the sun for

    the passionate gardener. Vendors

    from across the Southeast will

    display exotic and unusual

    flowers and native and heirloom

    plants, shrubs and trees. Unique tools, outdoor furniture, ornamental iron, floral and

    potting supplies and much more will be entice the gardener at the alluring

    marketplace.

    We are excited about the large selection of unique cast iron planters, fountains,

    arbors, bonsai trees and unique flowers and plants that we have chosen specially

    for the Garden Faire, states Nikki Taylor from Good Hope Gardens. My favorites

    are the large whimsical animal pots that will delight any gardener.

    The Mid-Atlantic Garden Faire provides educational opportunities for gardeners

    to learn about all areas of the garden and landscape. More than 35 hours of garden-

    related programs are included with the price of admission. For the daily admission

    of $5 or the three-day run-of-show pass $10, entertaining educational opportunities

    abound.

    The Faire is a must for all visitors who want to visit the rain gardens in

    Abingdon. On Friday at 3:30 p.m., the Upper Tennessee River Roundtable will

    begin a tour that is sure to delight. The rain garden combines the beauty of native

    vegetation with the added benefit of soaking up rainwater to reduce runoff from

    roofs and driveways. Transportation is provided, and the tour is free to Faire goers.

    Space is limited; Arrive early!

    The Plant Clinic is just the place to rekindle friendships and solve those

    problems that plagued the garden last year. Visitors can pose queries to the trained

    Master Gardener there ready to help. After solving your garden problems, relax

    at the Garden Caf where enticing treats will satisfy any hunger and thirst.

    Discover creative table setting ideas for entertaining at the Table Top

    Competition. Be inspired by casual and formal decorative table settings. The

    innovative table setting designs are accentuated with exquisite floral arrangements

    created by local garden club members and enthusiasts. Cash prizes are awarded for

    the best designs. The competition is open to the public. If interested, contact the

    Extension Office at (276) 676-6309.

    Before leaving the Garden, dont miss Frank Renaults spectacular collection of

    floral photographs.

    At the Garden Faire in Abingdon, Virginia, you will find everything thing you

    desire to make your landscape the envy of the neighborhood.

    A Passion for the Mid-Atlantic Gardening Faire

    April 20-22, 2012

    Friday 10 am to 6 pm Daily Admission $5Saturday 10 am to 6 pm Run-of-Show Passes $10Sunday 11 am to 5 pm Children 12 and under Free

    Tickets available at the Abingdon Visitors Center, Washington County Extension and at the door.

    With Generous Sponsorship byKrogers of Abingdon

    STRONGWELLBristol Herald CourierSoft Rock 98.5 WTFM

    Washington County News

    Presented byWashington County Virginia Master Gardeners

    A Program of the Washington County Virginia Cooperative ExtensionWebsite: www.gardenfaire.net

    Photo credit: Frank Renault

    Abingdon, VirginiaSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center, Interstate 81, Exit 14

    One Partnership Circle

    APassion

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    GardenFaire

    GardenFaire

    The 15th AnnualMid-Atlantic

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  • ABINGDON, VA ABINGDON, VA Shop Locally

    Discover & Uncover...

    Collectibles, jewelry, antiques,

    gift items, vintage clothing, furniture, lamps,

    household accessories, and more!

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    MARKET PLACEShops- Old, New, Unique, Antique

    280 West Main StreetAbingdon, VA 276-628-6203

    Browse the Booths of Bargains!

    Gypsy Rose Boutique carries fun and eclectic merchandise for

    gals of all ages. Items are carefully selected and lovingly repurposed. I have purses,

    jewelry, scarves, frames, knick knacks, and the occasional oddity. My goal is to make your shopping experience fun and unique. Stop by Gypsy Rose Boutique soon and

    discover what new treasures I have uncovered for you!

    Please join us for one of the 2012's most entertaining events The 10th Annual Washington County Library's

    A Tisket, A Tasket, A Literary Basket" Saturday, March 24 from 6-9 pm

    Glenrochie Country Club, Abingdon, VATickets are $25 per person in advance and $30 at the door, and are now available at any Washington County Public Library. As in past years, you will have the opportunity to bid on more than 100 themed baskets in a silent auction. A buffet of light supper foods, two drinks, coffee and dessert are included in the ticket price. For information on how you can sponsor this worthwhile event, please contact Kristi Hartshorn at 276-492-6654 or email her at [email protected] Don't miss out on all the fun - buy your tickets today!

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    What a way to make a living! Maybe

    you saw the movie 9 to 5, or maybe you didnot, but either way, you must see Barters

    production 9 to 5: The Musical. LadiesAND GENTS will enjoy the humor, the

    70s sense of fashion and style and the real

    meaning of taking care of the office! Full

    of laughter and side-splitting Southern sass,

    and with Dolly's Grammy-nominated

    score, this musical comedy comes direct

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    who scheme to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do,

    even in a man's world. Hilarious and a little romantic, 9 to 5: The Musical is aboutjoining forces and taking care of business! For information about this production or

    other productions, call Barter Theatre, 276.628.3991 or visit www.BarterTheatre.com

    March TriviaFor Fun

    1. In the original Roman calendar whichmonth was March?A. ThirdB. FourthC. SecondD. First

    2. March has more than one birthstone.True or false?

    3. Complete this saying 'Mad as a March ....'Answer: (One Word)

    4. There are several other sayings aboutMarch, perhaps the best known is 'Marchcomes in like a lion and goes out like a ----?Answer: (One Word)

    5. When are the first three days in Marchconsidered unlucky?A. When it is unseasonably warmB. When the wind blows stronglyC. When rain fallsD. When the sun shines

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    1. D. First

    2. True, Chalcedony (bloodstone) and aquamarine for

    courage

    3. Hare

    4. Lamb

    5. When rain falls

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  • By Crystal Robertson, UT Extension Agent- Unicoi County

    As winter is moving out, and spring weather is on its way

    in, many of us are excited to get outside and enjoy well

    all of it! Its called Spring Fever, and March is the perfect time

    to use that anticipation to start planning an herb garden.

    Gardening provides a way to exercise more, eat more

    nutritious food and have a healthier lifestyle. It can provide

    strength and cardio training, increase flexibility, plus relieve

    stress. Herb growing is one of the best ways to jump into

    gardening, and fresh herbs are a bonus part of the garden that

    sometimes gets overlooked. Herbs enhance the flavor of foods thereby reducing the

    use of salt and sugar.

    Dont let the wide selection of herbs deter you from deciding which herbs to

    choose. Gardening gives us a chance to be creative, so let your personality shine

    through in your garden. A quick check of your supermarket shelf will give you some

    idea of the types of herbs used in cooking. Many cookbooks also offer information

    on uses of various herbs as flavorings.

    The following is a good variety of uses and flavor of recommended herbs for

    beginners:

    Strong herbs -- oregano, rosemary, sageMedium-flavored herbs-- sweet basil, dill, mint, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thymeMild herbs -- chives, parsley, summer savory

    As your interest and needs increase, you can add to the

    variety of herbs in your garden. Keep in mind that herbs can be

    annuals, biennials or perennials when selecting herbs to grow for

    the first time.

    Annuals (bloom one season and die) -- anise, basil, coriander, dillBiennials (live two seasons, blooming second season only) --

    caraway, parsley

    Perennials (bloom each season once established) -- chives, fennel,marjoram, mint, tarragon, thyme

    Plant herbs into groups of similar needs. Many of the herbs we grow

    today are from the Mediterranean region of the world and thus hot, dry

    summer weather suits them perfectly. Herbs have differing cultivation needs,

    including water, soil and sunlight. Many, such as oregano and marjoram, have

    different cultivation requirements than cilantro or mint, which grow well in shade or

    partial shade.

    Most herbs like loose, well-drained soil, high in peat moss, vermiculite and even

    sand. Generally, a soil that is well-drained but can still hold moisture is desirable.

    When spacing the plants, a general rule is to allow each herb plant twelve inches of

    soil space. This ensures that each plant has the requisite room for roots, etc.

    Before fertilizing, I recommend testing your soil, which provides a look at what

    nutrients may be lacking or excessive in your garden. Soil tests can be obtained at

    your local Extension office. While some fertilization can help herbs, excessive

    fertilizing causes herbs to grow out of control. Youll grow a large plant, however,

    flavor may be compromised and the plants will need more water to support the lush

    growth.

    Herbs are used for many things from cooking to drying for potpourri. The addition

    of herbs to meals brings more nutrition without adding more bulk or calories, and they

    make a great addition to a landscape. No matter if it's a window box or an acre garden,

    you will be healthier for it.

    Crystal Robertson

    Gardening: An Herbal Remedy for Spring Fever

    Check out the Voice Magazine for Women Newsletter for healthy recipes, tips, news and more!

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    Do you have a wall in your living area

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    This is Art Central in my house, for 4 kids

    under 5-years-old: It has a chalkboard, a

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    Abingdon, VASymphony of the Mountains will present the Bouquet of Baroque Concert onSaturday, March 10, 2012 at the Southwest Virginia Higher EducationCenter in Abingdon, Virginia. As the flowers begin to dust the snow off theirheads and the world begins to wake up from a long winter nap, Symphonyof the Mountains will perform George Frederic Handels famous MessiahParts II and III to help welcome in the new spring. This oratorio is

    traditionally linked in both American and British culture with the Christmasseason, but was actually written for Passion Week, the week before Easter.This English Concert Oratorio will include special guests, Voices of theMountains and the King College Concert Choir as well as world-renown vocalists Sun-Joo Oh, Jami Rhodes, Jaeyoon Kim and Jacob Will.The concert will be held on Saturday, March 10th at 8:00 p.m. at theSouthwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, VA. Tickets areonly $28 and students are always free to Symphony of the Mountainsregular season concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by callingSymphony of the Mountains Box Office at (423) 392-8423 or on ourwebsite at www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org.

    On February 6, the Virginia Region 1 Poetry Out Loud competition was heldat Barter Stage II in Abingdon, VA. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitationcontest designed to encourage the nations high school students to learn aboutgreat poetry though memorization and performance. The first place winneris Sarah Poole of John S. Battle High School, and the second place winneris Kylee Kilbourne of Union High School. Both young women placed in2011 as well and will advance to the Poetry Out Loud state final competitionat the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre (formerly the Empire Theatre)in Richmond on March 15, 2012, to compete for the title of Virginias StateChampion. The program helps students master public speaking skills, buildself-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Poetry Out Loud usesa pyramid structure that begins at the classroom level. Winners advancethrough school-wide competition, regional competition, state competitionand ultimately, to the National Finals in Washington, DC. Virginias 2009Champion, William Farley, III of Washington-Lee High School in Arlington,became the the 2009 Poetry Out Loud National Champion, winning the topprize of $20,000. In 2012, Tia Robinson of Rappahannock High School,Warsaw, was one of nine finalists at the National level, winning over $2,000.The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washing-ton to compete for the national championship. The state winners school willreceive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. A runner-up in eachstate will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library. The NationalEndowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have partnered with theVirginia Commission for the Arts, Foster Billingsley, deputy director, andthe Theatre IV and Barksdale Theatre to support the expansion of Poetry OutLoud throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Barter Theatre is proud tobe the partner theatre in Arts Area Region 1. For more information on PoetryOut Loud, visit www.poetryoutloud.org.

    Bristol TN/VAApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Crisis Center, Inc. hasorganized The 2nd Annual Clothesline Project to honor women who havebeen affected by sexual and domestic violence. The Clothesline Projectworks to create awareness about those issues. It celebrates those that havesurvived and remembers those who lost their lives due to such violence. TheClothesline Project is a visual display of shirts designed by survivors andfriends of victims of sexual and domestic violence. The shirts hang side-by-side to Break the Silence and bear witness to those experiences. TheClothesline Project event will take place on April 14, 2012 from 2:00 p.m.to 6:00 p.m (Rain date April 15, 2012) at the State Street Mural, 810 StateStreet, Bristol, TN. The event will include awareness activities, music, foodand much more.

    After selling out numerous stops nationwide on her co-headlining tour thisfall, Mandisa will return this spring with her hit song, Stronger asshe headlines the Girls Night Live tour. Viking Hall Civic Center will hostone stop on the Grammy nominated artists tour. Fellow GMA Dove Awardnominee Blessings songstress Laura Story and Comedian Anita Renfrowill join the bill. The show is scheduled for Thursday, May 3, 2012. Ticketsfor the concert are on sale now. Mandisa placed in the top ten finalists ofAmerican Idols 5. Bring the special women in your life together for a musicfilled night that lifts your spirits, connects you on a deeper level, and remindsyou that no matter what you are going through, you are not alone!! season.This program has given the nation a look at tremendous talent, some rock,some country and contemporary Christian musicians have come to the fore-front even if they werent the eventual winner, same goes for Mandisa. Ayoung woman from a small town in Tennessee, who said she doesnt ever re-member not singing, made an impression on the country. For more infor-mation on the concert, please contact Angie Rutherford, Viking Hall BoxOffice Manager @ [email protected] or call 423-764-0188.

    Food City Race Night, one of NASCARs largest and most popular fanevents, features a number of racings biggest stars in the free event Friday,March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Among the heavy hitters taking partin Food City Race Night is five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson,along with Kevin Harvick, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Jeff Burton andClint Bowyer. Johnson takes to the stage in the BMS hospitality area toplay his video game Jimmie Johnsons Anything With an Engine, alongwith some lucky fans selected from the audience that evening. Harvickand wife Delana, who recently announced they are expecting their firstchild, will play Baby 101, a game designed to test their knowledge andskills of newborns. This portion of the event promises to be one of thenights highlights. Greg Biffle, Burton, Patrick and Kenseth kick off thenights activities with question and answer sessions while crowd favoriteWii Boxing also returns with three-time and defending champion ElliottSadler leading the charge. Sadlers brother Hermie joins Clint Bowyer,Ricky Stenhouse, Justin Allgaier and Austin Dillon on the fight card asthey attempt to dethrone the champ. More than 20,000 fans attended lastyears Food City Race Night. The free event opens at 4 p.m. and includesshow cars, simulators, souvenir trailers and a number of drivers on handto sign autographs. Live entertainment will be featured, as well as freefood sampling while supplies last. A March race weekend package, whichincludes the March 18 Food City 500 and the Ford EcoBoost 300/K&NEast Series 125 events (March 17), is available starting at $99. A packagein the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also is now available for$99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are available for the Marchraces at half price. Lower row seating for the Food City 500 is available,with tickets starting at $65. Tickets for the Ford EcoBoost 300/K&N EastSeries 125 doubleheader are available, with prices starting at $45. BMSseason tickets, which include the Food City 500 and IRWIN Tools NightRace (Aug. 25) Sprint Cup races, as well as both the Ford EcoBoost 300,the Food City 250 and the K&N race, also are on sale. Pricing for all fourraces begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower. For more information orto purchase tickets, fans may call toll free at 1-866-415-4158 or 423-BRISTOL or online at www.bristoltix.com.

    Making sure race fans have the ultimate experience when they visit theWorlds Fastest Half-Mile always is the number one priority for BristolMotor Speedway officials. To that end, BMS unveiled a new initiativelast August that allowed guests the opportunity to sit front and center fora session of question and answers with some of NASCARs top drivers.Wildly popular, the Q&A sessions return for the upcoming Food City 500race weekend, March 16-18. Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup championand 2010 Food City 500 winner Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, DanicaPatrick, Elliott Sadler, X Games sensation Travis Pastrana, and 2011Camping World Truck Series champ Austin Dillon all are participating inthe race day events. Along with a cap and the Q&A, which takes place inHospitality Village, the Johnson and Kahne packages include a ticket toSundays Food City 500, while Saturdays packages, which featurePatrick, Pastrana, Sadler and Dillon, include a ticket good for two racesMarch 17. Johnsons Q&A is designed for the younger race fan, althoughadults also are welcome. As part of Johnsons session, kids take part in aLowes Build and Grow workshop and receive a car to assemble, withsome guidance from Johnson. The workshop is limited to the first 100kids for whom packages are purchased. The Q&A packages for kids startat $48 while adult prices begin at $80 for both the Johnson and Kahneticket packages. Saturdays packages for Patrick, Sadler and Dillon startat $37 for kids and $67 for adults. The Patrick package includes a t-shirt,instead of a cap. Space is limited for the question-and-answer sessions,however, so interested fans are encouraged to purchase now. The ticketpackages are available now and may be purchased by calling the BMSticket office at 423-BRISTOL or 1-866-415-4158. Fans should inform theBMS ticket agent with whom they speak which driver package they areinterested in purchasing. Current ticket holders can add the driver Q&Afor only $15. BMS season tickets, which include the Food City 500(March 18) and IRWIN Tools Night Race (Aug. 25) Sprint Cup races, aswell as the Nationwide events and the K&N Pro Series 125 race, also areon sale. Pricing for all four races begins at just $175 in the Wallace Tower.A March race weekend package also is available starting at $99 that in-cludes the Food City 500 and the Nationwide/K&N Pro Series Eastevents. A package in the Wallace Tower for both Sprint Cup races also isnow available for $99, while packages for fans 15 and younger are avail-able for the March races at half price. Lower row seating for the FoodCity 500 is available, with tickets starting at $65.

  • The first speaker of the Bristol Public Librarys 2012 Discovery Series,Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway. The event will be heldon Thursday, March 22nd at 7 p.m. Holloways life changed dramatically inthe summer of 2005 when her daughter Natalee disappeared on thelast night of her high school graduation trip to Aruba. This tragicstory became the leading news mystery when it happened, and con-tinues to make headlines today. Holloway talks about hope, couragein sheer adversity, and travel safety. The purchase of a $50 ticket willsupport Library programs and will provide the ticketholder with ac-cess to the Private Meet & Greet at 6p.m., Reserved Seating to thePublic Presentation at 7p.m., and a hardcover copy of Beth Hol-loways book Loving Natalee. Tickets and seating are limited. Herpresentation to the public is set to begin at 7 p.m. in the J. HenryKegley Meeting Room. She will speak, answer questions and signbooks during this time. For questions about this Discovery Seriesevent or any other library programs, call 276.821.6148 or email [email protected]

    Art students from Tri-Cities area high schools are competing for$1,750 in cash prizes in the 2012 Artistic Excellence Competition. Arenowned juror will select winners from dozens of submissions by artteachers on behalf of their talented students, with selected works tobe displayed in the Vergie R. Fleenor Gallery of the Bristol Public Li-brary from March 3-April 3, 2012. The young artists will be honoredduring a public reception at the gallery on Saturday, March 3, 2012,from 2:00 til 4:00pm celebrating the opening of the month-long ex-hibit of their work. Students, their parents, and representatives of Artin Public Places will be available for press opportunities. The eventis sponsored by Art in Public Places, a non-profit arts organizationthat coordinates a dynamic outdoor sculpture exhibit throughout thedowntown each year. The AiPP Artistic Excellence Committee hasworked with area schools to receive submissions and organize theevent. The exhibit is a key example of the nature of downtown Bris-tol's Arts and Entertainment District and is also inspired by Virginia'sMinds Wide Open initiative. About the juror: We are honored to haveartist, art administrator, and educator Hank T. Foreman serve as juror.Foreman is Associate Vice-Chancellor for University Communica-tions and Cultural Affairs at Appalachian State University in Boone,NC. He also serves as Director and Chief Curator of the Turchin Cen-ter for the Visual Arts. He received his B.C.A. in Painting and Sculp-ture from UNC at Charlotte and his M.A. in Art Education from

    Appalachian State. About the organization: Art in Public Places is acommunity art project organized and implemented by the Art in PublicPlaces Board with the cooperation of the Bristol, Tennessee, andBristol, Virginia, city governments. It is our goal to install art in publicspaces in Bristol for the enjoyment and enrichment of the community. Formore information, contact Bill Hartley, [email protected], 423 416-1088.

    Jonesborough, TNMusic on the Square is just around the corner! Get warmed up withthe MOTS Spring Tune-Up, to be held March 30th, 6pm til 10pm, atthe Int'l Storytelling Center, 100 West Main St., Jonesborough, TN.There will be food, beverage, music, and a fine Silent Auction happeningthroughout the evening. Roaming musicians will be keeping themusic flowing, and food from several local and regional restaurantswill be the fare. Beverages will include local favorite, Depot StreetBrewing. Mark your calendar for a fun evening in beautiful, historicJonesborough. Tickets can be found at the Int'l Storytelling Center,423-753-2171, or the JBO Visitors' Center, 423-753-1010. $20 in ad-vance, $25 at the door. Limited capacity, so don't hesitate to get yoursnow! Auction items can be dropped off at JBO Art Glass Gallery, orcall 423-791-2236 to have items picked up!

    Kingsport, TNKingsport Cultural Arts Division of Parks and Recreation presentsBall in the Housein concert on Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 PM.All tickets are $12. Concert will be at the Sevier Middle School Au-ditorium, 1200 East Wateree Street in Kingsport, Tennessee. Stu-dents from John Sevier Chorus will join with Ball in the Housetoperform Superstition. Tickets are available by calling 423-392-8417 or on-line www.EngageKingsport.com- Following in the pathof classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, andTake 6, with a mix of the classic and the contemporary, the five-member vocal band Ball in the House brilliantly blends a widerange of influences, from classic R&B to pop, hip-hop & gospel.With their extensive tour schedule (averaging 250 dates a year), Ballin the House reaches millions and is arguably one of the hardestworking, most successful indie bands today. They have performedwith such artists as The Beach Boys, Gladys Knight, The JonasBrothers, Jessica Simpson, Fantasia, Blondie, The Temptations,Smokey Robinson, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kool & the Gang, andnumerous others. All are cappella, but a sound that will astound and

    amaze you. 5 Guys, 5 Voices A review from the Boston Globeput it very succinctly Ball in the House has everything you wouldexpect to find in a successful pop/rock bandthe one thing it doesnthave is instruments.

    Cindy Saadeh Gallery announces photographer Rob Beverly as ourfeatured artist for the month of March. Beverly, a native of Wise,Virginia, is a Kingsport artist who is known for his local landscapesand images of nature. What began as a hobby, with numerous startsand stops, his career as a photographer blossomed after posting someof his images on Facebook. Now owner of Rob Beverly Photogra-phy in Kingsport, Beverlys eye focuses on both the natural world asseen in his images from Bays Mountain and Powells Valley tocityscapes found in the Tri-Cities area. As part of the First Thursdaysin downtown Kingsport, the gallery will be hosting an opening re-ception for Beverly on March 1st from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. His workwill be on exhibit at the gallery to March 31st. Cindy Saadeh ArtGallery is located at 128 E. Market, Kingsport. Call (423)245-2800 oremail [email protected] for more information.

    Tri-Cities, TN/VAOn Saturday, March 10, 2012, Urbana Road in Limestone, Tennesseewill be taken over by runners, walkers, volunteers, and spectatorsparticipating in "Joggin for the Noggin, a community 5K Run/Walkannounced Iris Cash, Vice President of Fund Development for TheCrumley House Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center. Awards will bepresent to the Overall Top male and female runners and the top 3males and 3 females in each age division: 19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and above. We Run Events fromKingsport, TN will be managing the electronic timing of the race.Cash invites the community to participate in the first annual Jogginfor the Noggin 5K Run/Walk. Bring a friend to run or walk withyou, Cash encourages. Your participation and support is greatlyappreciated by The Crumley House, said Cash. On-line registrationat: www.crumleyhouse.com. Early registration fee $20 and late reg-istration fee $25. If you mail-in an entry form, make checks payableto The Crumley House. Guaranteed performance tee entries must bepostmarked no later than Feb. 25, 2012. For more information on thefirst annual Joggin for the Noggin 5K Run/Walk contact Iris Cashat [email protected] or call 1-866-892-7246 Ext. 4 or 423-440-1606.300 Urbana Road, Limestone, TN 37681

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