Run on Dix – Race for AIDS Alliance

Run on DixDid you have a New Year’s Resolution to commit to better health in 2013? Or maybe a resolution to commit to doing good in the community? The Run on Dix, Race for the Ribbon 5k provides you with an opportunity to do both! Join the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina for their first-ever 5k on the beautiful campus of Dorthea Dix on Saturday, March 16, 2013. This will be a USATF certified 5k and timed by Adventure Geek Productions with state of the art chip timing!

Registration is $25.00.
Event Day Schedule:
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. – Opening Ceremonies
9:00 a.m. – Start Race
11:30 a.m. – Award Ceremonies

About Alliance of AIDS Services:
Their mission is to serve people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones, caregivers and communities at large, through compassionate and non-judgmental care, prevention, education and advocacy.

The Alliance dates back to 1989, when the AIDS Service Agency of Orange County, Triangle AIDS Interfaith Network (TRAIN) and AIDS Service Agency of North Carolina consolidated efforts in servicing and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Alliance is the only agency in North Carolina that provides a full continuum of care to individuals living with HIV/AIDS: primary care; pastoral care and counseling; substance abuse treatment; mental health counselors; nutritional counseling with a registered dietition; medical and non-medical case management; shared-living (Hustead House) and a family care home (Orange House).

They remember those lost, those living and those we must protect.

Contact Information and Volunteer Opportunities:

Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina
324 S. Harrington Street
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 834-2437
Race website (use Google Chrome to register)

Race Directors:

Randy Light – Deputy Director of Development. Contact at email
Chermaine Arthur – Director of Development. Contact at email.

*The race will take place rain or shine. Race directors may edit the course for safety and/or for highway regulations or may cancel this in the event of severe weather. No refunds will be given if you or the race directors are forced to cancel plans for the event.

5 Bucks for Lunch for the Food Bank of CENC

Food Bank CENC logoHere’s a program that 5 Bucks is Change can really get behind! The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has a monthly program that serves two purposes, it raises money and increases empathy for those who need the Food Bank services. Give a Meal for a Meal  invites donors to set aside the cost of one lunch once a month and donate it to the Food Bank of CENC.  You can pack a lunch, skip the meal or just donate what you might have spent. Here’s the amazing thing about stretching your donation. For every dollar you donate, the Food Bank can generate $10 worth of food value or enough to provide 5 meals.

Think about it: a $5 donation to the Food Bank of CENC will provide lunch to 25 struggling seniors… $10 will bring breakfast to 10 school children for one week… $15 will provide dinner to a family of four for nearly 3 weeks! By skipping just one meal, you can furnish many meals to those suffering from hunger.

To make it easy to donate every month, the Food Bank of CENC has a Sustaining Gift program that you can set up on a credit card to automatically withdraw your pledge. Donating 5 Bucks a month for a year means you would have provided for 300 lunches for senior citizens.  It will be a 5 Bucks donation that will go a long way and I promise you’ll never miss it.

Cats and Dogs Living Together! A Cat Adoption Story, Part I

Cat ShoppingThis week I have been looking for love….of the four footed  variety. My home has no cat and that’s unusual. I do love dogs but as all my friends agree, I do not live a dog lifestyle. Cats, with their independent “you’re here to serve me” ways and need for “alone time” work perfectly into my life. So this week I began my hunt for the perfect cat. Perfect for me anyway.

Laura Leslie at SPCA Wake County

Laura Leslie of WUNC-FM enjoying “Bark & Wine.”

As it was Valentine’s week, every shelter in the area had a great deal on cat adoption fees. I occasionally volunteer at Safe Haven for Cats so am familiar with their available cats.

I had the pleasure of attending the SPCA of Wake County “Bark & Wine” event on Valentine’s Day. It was a sold-out fundraiser for the shelter and my first visit there. Not only was the event fun, it was great to see so many people there who had adopted or planned to adopt in the near future. The shelter was clean, smelled great and was very cheerful. The cats were available to visit in group rooms where they could interact with each other as well as visitors. I visited every cat in the shelter including a behemoth 30 pound cat who has an adoption pending (and on a diet). Sadly no purrfect match but I did fall in love with the SPCA of Wake County, their team and their lovely animals. Look for future posts of some of their fundraising programs.

The search continued on Saturday with a visit to Wake County Animal Control. The shelter did not have some of the amenities of the SPCA, their volunteers were no less dedicated and helpful. In addition they had a strictly enforced sanitation policy for handling the animals that was sure to maintain a high level of cleanliness and keep the animals healthy. Unfortunately  no luck finding the right cat for me so the search continues. Off to Durham next.

Fringe Sports and Odd Pursuits

I had the pleasure of speaking to a lively crowd at Ignite Raleigh 3 on February 16th on my favorite subject besides 5 Bucks is Change, “Fringe Sports and Odd Pursuits”.  As a collector of new experiences and a cheerleader for small nonprofits, events and organizations I often find new and unusual activities to try, events to attend and sports to play.  A few years ago I would share “what I did last weekend” my friends. So many of them said they regretted not knowing my cool activity that I created an e-list to let them know what I was up to in case they wanted to join me. Now I look for the fun and unique events happening in the Triangle area and pass the word.

The subject of my Ignite Raleigh 3 talk was sharing some of those experiences.  Since there will be a YouTube recording available of the presentation in the future I won’t go into detail here. But I did promise to provide links to all the events, activities and sports that were featured.

In order of their appearance in the presentation:

The NC Shinty Association

The Raleigh Dragon Boat Club or their MeetUp page.

The Alley

Triangle Gildes (Segway Tours)

Custom Catering Creations

Band Together NC

Koka Booth Amphitheater

Clockwork Cabaret

Carolina Rollergirls

Drag Bingo  (Supports AIDS Alliance of the Carolinas)

Conservators Center Inc

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Beaufort Pirate Invasion 


The Society for Creative Anachronism

Stuart Cove’s


Go forth and have a good time!

Soup and a Bowl to Go

If you have been waiting for the Soup Bowl Supper, put February 23rd on the calendar but call now for reservations.

Soup Bowl Supper

Every guest gets to keep their soup bowl

Every other year Artspace hosts a fund raising Soup Bowl Supper with a delicious dinner that comes with a ceremic bowl hand made by art students from Southeast Raleigh, Sanderson and New Hope High Schools. Artspace Executive Director Mary Poole enjoys hosting the Soup Bowl Supper at Artspace because it matches their mission of making art accessible. “The students plan this event not for their own gain, but to raise money for and awareness of charitable causes.” says Ms. Poole. The supper is a fund raiser for the art programs at the student’s high schools, Artspace and the Raleigh Rescue Mission. The student’s generously decides to give the majority of the proceeds to Artspace and the Rescue Mission.

Reservations are required for the Soup Bowl Supper and tickets will not be available at the door. There are two seatings at 5:30 and 7:00pm. Tickets are $15 each or book a table for 8 for $100. Supper includes not only a delicious meal of soup, bread, drink and dessert but guests get to pick the hand-made ceremic bowl of their choice to keep. Additional ceremics are available for purchase at each seating.

Tickets can be purchased in person at Artspace or by calling 919-281-2887 (Mastercard and Visa accepted). There are only 100 seats available so book early.

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