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Emily Weinstein of Chapel Hill displays her collection Oil Paintings by the Eno River Muralist at the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography in Durham throughout this month.


Exhibition of Paintings and Mixed Media Work, a collection by Nancy Smith, is on display at the Carolina Brewery and Grill in Pittsboro. The Chapel Hill resident's artworks were inspired by a sailboat voyage to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks and demonstrate a style of collage using a paint medium.


The works of Raleigh artists Becky Joye and Mary Kircher were displayed at Block Gallery in Raleigh last month. They combine traditional textile techniques and materials with innovative concepts.


Beth Bale, co-coordinator of Three Rivers Arts Festival, said it will hold its fifth annual arts and crafts event at Summer Rain Farm in Chatham County next month. The festival will include art displays, live music and vendors.


Monica Exum, a Cary visual artist, is featured in Hidden Treasure Art Magazine Yearbook 2014 Volume II. Hidden Treasure, based in London, is an international publication.


WomanCraft hosted a group exhibit last month in Carrboro. The event, Summer Harvest, featured more than 70 artists and a crochet demonstration.


Katherine Whalen of Efland performed at ArtsCenter in Carrboro last month as part of the Writers in the Round celebration. Whalen founded the Chapel Hill band The Squirrel Nut Zippers.



Nancy McFarlane, mayor of Raleigh, led a discussion last month on the return on investment in the local music scene at the Taking Care of Business forum of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.


Heather Hollick of Durham spoke on women in leadership at the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce's Knowledgeable Network of Women luncheon last month.



    N.C. Central announced:
  • Crystal Simpson and Courtney Crowder are co-hosting the Forty Under Forty Awards Gala this month. The event recognizes young alumni of the university for outstanding achievement and leadership. Simpson and Crowder received awards at the ceremony last year.
  • Debra Saunders-White, chancellor of the university, signed a memorandum last month that creates a formal partnership between NCCU and Durham Technical Community College to offer a residential transfer program, known as Eagle Connect. The initiative includes academic advising, support services and a student-life component designed to help attendees meet the academic requirements for transferring to the university.


Janice Cutler received the Woman Business Owner of the Year Award from the greater Raleigh chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Cutler is president and owner of North Raleigh Florist.


Jennifer Arthur, a Raleigh veterinarian, joined the Triangle Veterinary Referral Hospital staff, providing oncology services to Triangle pets. Arthur completed her radiation oncology residency at N.C. State University.


Robin Simonton, cemetery director at Oakwood Cemetery in Wake County, installed two honeybee hives on cemetery property to help repopulate the endangered species. Honey from the hives will be sold to support maintenance of the cemetery's garden.


Pamela Mansueti of Raleigh was named Agent of the Month for Linda Craft & Team, a Raleigh real estate firm. This is her second time winning the award.


Kristie Shifflette of Chapel Hill launched her first Orangetheory Fitness franchise this month. The workout facility focuses on intervals of cardio and strength training and is the second Orangetheory Fitness location to open in the Triangle this year.



Diana Saklad, owner of Whisk in Cary, hosted a Made in the USA celebration last month. The event advocated for pride in American craftsmanship by offering discounts on all of the store's merchandise that was made in this country.


Ashley Christensen of Raleigh is featured at the Music City Food and Wine Festival in Nashville this month. Christensen is chef and owner of multiple Raleigh restaurants, including Poole's Diner, Beasley's Chicken + Honey, Chuck's, Fox Liquor Bar and Joule Coffee. Earlier this year, she was named James Beard Foundation's Best Chef: Southeast.



Valerie Johnson of Durham is among 13 commissioners appointed to the N.C. Human Relations Commission. Johnson currently works for the office of the governor.


The N. C. Department of Transportation released the findings of its Disparity Study of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise programs last month. The research was conducted to determine whether the department has a compelling reason to continue the programs, and it concluded that they will continue.



Healthy Girls Save the World, a Chapel Hill nonprofit, hosted a group of young girls at the Women's U.S. Open in Pinehurst in June. The group organizes events in the Triangle to empower and inspire young women to make wise life choices.


More than 9,000 individuals participated in the 18th annual Komen Triangle Race for the Cure in Raleigh. Pam Kohl, Julie McQueen and Kathy Burnes helped lead the event.


Hannah Campbell of Cary traveled to Macedonia with the Learn and Build Experience program of Habitat for Humanity International. Campbell is the daughter of Habitat for Humanity of Wake County's president and CEO.


Ingrid Jones, founder of Black Women in Business in Durham, hosted its Leadership Conversation last month. The event focused on how to find a mentor in a leadership role and how to mentor the next generation. Black Women in Business celebrates the talents and skills of black females in the Triangle.


Soiree in the City Sip and Shop Party was held last month in downtown Raleigh to celebrate, empower and educate women of all backgrounds. The proceeds from the event benefited InterAct, a nonprofit that provides safety, support and awareness to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


Shelley Day, executive director at Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, and Janice McAdams, SECU Family House executive director, said that Great Clips locations in the Triangle are hosting fundraisers this month benefitting both nonprofits.



Lois Cozart, owner of My Girlfriend's Closet, is opening a "Curvy Chic-size 14-3X" concept shop at her Cary location. Cozart opened her first store nine years ago in Apex.


Mary Ann Grote and Marguerite Grimm, Raleigh-based interior designers, debuted Fabric Living, an online retailer focusing on designer fabrics, trims and finished drapery panels.



Amy Savage, a postdoctoral biological sciences researcher at N.C. State University in Raleigh, is the co-lead author on The School of Ants Project. The researchers collaborated with the public to investigate the diversity of ant species across the country.


Alisa Wolberd, an associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, is the senior author of a recently published study focusing on a new way to prevent blood clots and eliminating the enzyme factor XIII. The study has major implications for those at high risk of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism.


Diana Cruz-Topete, Ph.D., a research fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, received the Future Leaders Advancing Research in Endocrinology Internship from the Endocrine Society.


Liju Yang, assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences at N.C. Central University in Durham, received a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture for her research on protecting communities against foodborne illness.



Jill Knapp, a Raleigh author, re-released her novel "What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan?" The book follows Amalia Hastings, a 23-year-old living in the Big Apple as she tries to find her way.


Chapel Hill residents Nora Gaskin and Joyce Allen signed copies of their books, read excerpts and met readers at ArtsCenter's Summertime and the Reading Is Easy Book Fair in Carrboro last month. Gaskin is the author of "Time of Death" and Allen wrote "The Threads of Earth."

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