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(Subject to Change)
Monday, July 20th
- Livestock Conservancy Farmer Veterans--Linda Patterson presents a unique trend that shows veterans transitioning from the field of battle to the field of agriculture. The Pentagon reports that 45 percent of veterans were reared in rural areas--and some of them have chosen to assist the Livestock Conservancy based in Pittsboro in to raise endangered or heritage breeds of poultry and livestock. (Hoke, Franklin and Chatham Counties)
- The Produce Box--Jeff Smith makes a stop by The Produce Box, a Raleigh-based company that provides home delivery of fresh local and regional fruits and vegetables in the Triangle, Wilmington, Charlotte and the Triad. Starting in 2007 through the efforts of stay-at-home mom Courtney Tellefsen to support local farmers, The Produce Box has grown to assist more than 40 farmers and 60 artisan food businesses across the state. The staff has grown from Ms. Tellefsen working out of her garage to 200 moms and dads helping deliver boxes. (Wake Co.)
- Big Spoon Roasters--David Huppert takes us to the Bull City to visit Big Spoon Roasters, the makers of handcrafted nut butters from scratch. The ingredients, many sourced from local farmers, include fresh Runner-variety peanuts from the Carolinas, raw wildflower honeys from the North Carolina Piedmont, organic Pawnee-variety pecans, Mission-variety almonds, and pristine sea salt. (Durham Co.)
- Newsmakers: Captain Sara Day/Manager, Education and Employment Center, North Carolina National Guard and Diane Melley/Vice President of Global Initiatives, Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs, IBM--Our guests will talk about a new initiative between IBM & Corporate America Supports You (CASY) that will connect veterans to new high-tech jobs. Leaders from IBM and Corporate America Supports You (CASY), a national non-profit dedicated to helping veterans find employment, NCWorks Executive Director Will Collins and local veterans kicked-off a new veterans employment initiative recently at the North Carolina National Guard to help local veterans transition their military experience into high-skilled jobs. The new veterans program will provide returning service members with hands-on training, certification, and job placement assistance in the fast-growing tech sector. More than 200 veterans around the nation will participate in this program this year.
Tuesday, July 21st
- Nature Camp--Kelley McHenry treks to the Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham for a unique nature camp. The mission of the center is to create a lasting bond among nature, wildlife and people to bring about a better understand about the importance of wildlife and becoming better stewards on the environment. During the camp there are no cell phones, computers or Internet--just interaction with nature. (Durham Co.)
- Sisters Garden--Carol Jackson introduces us to Barbara Stiles and Bernice Stiles Wade, twin sisters who have created an iconic garden in Chapel Hill that is visited by thousands of people. The sisters have blossomed as their garden has--they are now 100-years-young! (Orange Co.)
- North Carolina Bookwatch Excerpt: Lynne Hinton/Author, "The Art of Arranging Flowers"--North Carolina Bookwatch Host D.G. Martin chats with author Lynne Hinton, also known as Lynne Branard about her latest novel, "The Art of Arranging Flowers." The story centers around Ruby Jewell, a florist for twenty years who has a knack for designing the perfect floral arrangement for any occasion. Meanwhile her life is somewhat withering away as she attempts to cope with the death of her beloved sister. As Ruby continues to create her expressive florals for her community--it takes the community to help Ruby heal her wounds and begin living again. Ms. Hinton's complete interview can be seen on Friday, July 24th at 9 p.m. on UNC-MX; Sunday, July 26th at noon and Thursday, July 30th at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.
- Newsmakers: Jan Pender/NCYCC Student Crew Member and Destiny Locke/Project Director, NC Youth Conservation Corps/Conservation Trust for North Carolina--The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has a group of ten young people between the ages of 16 and 23 working on a conservation project at Falls Lake Dam Visitor Assistance Center. The group, called the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps (NCYCC), consists of four crews working across the state to create, restore, and protect natural lands for public use. One crew is building a wooden wildlife viewing area for the Army Corps of Engineers near the Falls Lake Dam.
Wednesday, July 22nd
- North Carolina Science NOW: Seeking Sea Power--Frank Graff continues his North Carolina Science NOW series journey by exploring offshore oil and wind power as scientists look to the ocean to power the future. Researchers are studying how much energy could be tapped and whether it is even possible. (Pasquotank, Currituck, New Hanover and Brunswick Counties)
- Duke Energy Solar Farm--Clay Johnson takes us near the city Bath, North Carolina where Duke Energy has constructed a 12.5-megawatt, 40 million dollar solar farm. Located on 85 acres, the facility is one of the state's largest solar power sites. (Beaufort Co.)
- Google Fellowship--Kelley McHenry reports on Google's efforts in not only bringing ultra high speed Internet to the Tar Heel State but also providing support through the creation of a fellowship program to work with non profit organizations to teach internet skills to help connect the unconnected in underserved communities. (Wake Co.)
- Newsmaker: Chris Brown Ph.D./Vice President of Research & Graduate Education, UNC System--Dr. Brown will join us to talk about the recently, announced recipients of the 2014-2015 Research Opportunities Initiatives (ROI) awards. The ROI represents North Carolina's first legislative investment in the University of North Carolina's five-year strategic plan. These three-year awards are conferred in support of research in six priority areas defined by the UNC strategic plan. Research priority areas include advanced manufacturing; marine and coastal science; defense, military and security; pharmacy-engineering; energy and data sciences.
Thursday, July 23rd
- Holly Springs Baseball Park--Jeff Smith takes us to the town of Holly Springs, headquarters of the Coastal Plain League (CPL), a summer collegiate baseball league--and home to the Holly Springs Salamanders. The CPL, which represents 15 teams throughout the Carolinas and Virginia, offers scouting exposure for players who are looking to be drafted by Major League teams. Holly Springs recently constructed a baseball stadium to host the CPL. It is part of the North Main Athletic Complex that will also include soccer fields and tennis courts with the goal of attracting high level sporting events and entertainment such as concerts. (Wake Co.)
- Pickleball--David Hains brings us the sport of Pickleball, game that is growing in popularity among the over 50 set. Played indoors and outdoors, the game is a cross of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. It is relatively easy to play and also provides reasonable exercise and a sense of competition. Pickleball is now one of the competitive sports in the North Carolina Senior Games. (Mecklenburg Co.)
- Da Brothaz--Carol Jackson shares the story of Joshua Weaver and True Settles, two young and gifted hip-hop dancers who have taken their skills from practicing in the basement to raising it to a much higher level--literally. The duo are using their talents to perform praise dancing at church services. (Orange and Durham Counties)
- Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis Pt. 3--Shannon Vickery concludes her three part series of "Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis." Celebrated choreographer Dr. Charles Rudolf Davis, more fondly known as "Baba Chuck Davis," is the founder and artistic director of the African American Dance Ensemble in Durham, now in its 30th year. A Raleigh native, he is recognized as one of America's top teachers and choreographers of traditional African dance. Most recently, Dr. Davis and DanceAfrica were cited as one of "America's Irreplaceable Dance Treasures: The First 100" by the Dance Heritage Coalition. The final installment of "Biographical Conversations with Chuck Davis" airs Thursday, July 23rd at 10 p.m. on UNC-TV.
Friday, July 24th
- Wilkes Art Gallery--Heather Burgiss travels west to North Wilkesboro, North Carolina to visit the Wilkes Art Gallery. Created in 1962, the gallery's mission is to make diversity, creativity, and critical thinking found in the visual arts more accessible to the greater Wilkes County community through experiences that are both educational and therapeutic. Located in the original North Wilkesboro Post Office, the 10,000 square foot facility includes over 3,500 square feet of exhibition space, an education center with a complete ceramics studio, painting and drawing studios, two multi-purpose classrooms, and a Gallery Gift Shop. (Wilkes Co.)
- Kirby Theatre--Anna Stone brings us the story of the rebirth of what was once known as the Kirby Theater into what is now the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex in Roxboro. Considered one of the largest facilities of its kind in the region back in 1949 it started as a theatre--transformed into an auditorium--and now with the assistance of Person County and Piedmont Community College it serves as an arts complex. The now 6,000 square feet of space includes studios, an art room, meeting areas and an art gallery. (Person Co.)
- Newsmakers: Destini Riley/Student Filmmaker/Animator/Activist and Nick Pilarski/Filmmaker and Graduate Student, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University--Ms. Riley and Mr. Pilarski will join us to share their story about the making of their short film, "I, Destini." Destini is a 15 year-old student who collaborated with Nick Pilarski, a grad student at Duke's Center for Documentary Studies to produce a powerful documentary. Told in her words with her animated drawings, is a short film, from the perspective of a young sister and the effects of having an incarcerated loved one. A viewing of "I, Destini" is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28th at the Hayti Heritage Center in Durham at 7 p.m.