Published 12:00 am Saturday, September 17, 2011

SALISBURY — Team Chevrolet has teamed up with J.F. Hurley Family YMCA to help raise money for youth soccer.
Team Auto Group will provide Hurley YMCA players and coaches with soccer kits filled with equipment bags, soccer balls, sport cones, scrimmage vests and T-shirts, as well as a sponsorship check and an opportunity to help them raise funds.
The Hurley Y has the chance to raise as much as $10,000 through a fundraising opportunity that will allow someone to win either a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox or Cruze. Another winner will receive a $1,000 home entertainment package.
Team Chevrolet and other Charlotte-area Chevrolet dealerships are donating prizes to participating leagues in the area. All proceeds collected from the fundraiser go to the leagues.
A one-time sponsorship check will be presented to the Hurley Y. Sponsored leagues across the country also will each receive 2,000 fundraiser entry tickets to distribute for a suggested donation, and the league will keep the money raised.
At the end of the fundraiser, there will be four winners of an Equinox or a Cruze.
Some leagues plan to grant scholarships to families that cannot afford to enroll their children in the league, while others will use the funds to improve fields and equipment.
For more information about Chevy Youth Soccer, visit
Blue Ewe Yoga offers free sessions
September is National Yoga Month and to celebrate, the Blue Ewe Yoga Studio is offering two free yoga events.
As part of the Global Mala Yoga for Peace project designed to unite the global yoga community, the studio will offer Poetry and Prayer for Peace, a yoga mala or moving mediation of 108 sun salutations — a flowing series of yoga poses designed to strengthen the body and make it more flexible.
“Even seasoned yogis may flinch at the thought of 108 consecutive sun salutations,” Blue Ewe owner Anne Waters said. “Everyone is welcome to join in the mala regardless of whether she or he elects to participate in part or in full.”
Beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday, the mala will be divided into four sessions led by Waters and two guest teachers: Melissa Feimster Lido and Whitney Brooks.
Each segment will last about 30 to 40 minutes. Participants are encouraged to bring a poem or prayer to share or hold sacred to themselves.
Melissa Feimster Lido will offer a yin yoga workshop from 9 to 10:30 a.m. next Sunday. Yin Yoga focuses on deep stretching and holding the poses or asanas for long periods of time.
Both events are free, but participants are asked to make a donation to Food for Thought, a nonprofit organization that feeds hungry Rowan-Salisbury School System children on weekends during the school year.
The Blue Ewe Yoga Studio is located inside the Green Goat Gallery at 516 S. Salisbury Ave. in Spencer.
For more information, call 704-639-0606 or email Follow Blue Ewe Yoga Studio on Facebook.
Chamber members go to Washington
Several Rowan County business leaders returned from the nation’s capital Sept. 13 after a three-day trip sponsored by the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. The focal point for the annual excursion to Washington, D.C. was to share with elected officials concerns of the Rowan County business community.
“The trip this year was very productive. We had some positive discussions with our elected officials and feel they listened to our concerns,” Chamber Chairman Tom Loeblein (Healthcare Management Consultants) said.
The North Carolina Business and Economic Development Summit, as it has come to be known, is organized by members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation and includes Chambers from across the state. This year’s event included a North Carolina Executive Leadership Panel featuring CEOs of large North Carolina companies including Steve Schnitzer of Port City Java and Lloyd Yates of Progress Energy Carolinas.
The visit also featured a Capital Hill working session with speakers such as Kathleen Sebelius of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Kay Hagan and Janet Cowell, N.C. state treasurer. The three-day event also included individual meetings with several congressional offices including Hagan, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Howard Coble and Rep. Mel Watt.
Members of the Rowan County delegation besides Loeblein were Alan and Joy King (Creative Teaching Aids) and Bob Wright (Rowan County Chamber of Commerce President).
Ellis Jewelers renovation
CONCORD — Ellis Jewelers, a mainstay in downtown Concord since 1953, is undergoing an extensive renovation project.
Owner Dan Levinson is renovating the storefront for the first time in nearly 60 years. Acclaimed designer Ruth Mellergaard of GRID 3 International of New York has scheduled the 58-year-old store’s original brickwork to be renovated, new tile added, a new awning and larger display windows.
Local contractor David McClellan and New Level Design Build Group will complete the renovations.
Renovations are scheduled to be completed by late October. Ellis Jewelers is at 29 Union St. South.
Delhaize Europe a new division
BRUSSELS ?— Delhaize Group said Monday it was a creating a new division called Delhaize Europe that seeks to increase collaboration between its Belgian operations and its newly expanded operations in Southeastern Europe, according to a report in Supermarket News.
Effective inJanuary, Delhaize Europe will provide regional support services including areas of finance, human resources, legal, technology and procurement.
Delhaize Europe will be led by St?Stefan Descheemaeker, currently executive vice president and chief financial officer of Delhaize Group. A search to succeed him as CFO is currently under way.
As of Jan. 1, Dirk Van den Berghe will become CEO of Delhaize Belgium, reporting to Descheemaeker.
Stitchin’ Post Fashionista Show
Stitchin’ Post Gifts, 104 South Main St., will be presenting a Brighton Fall Fashionista Show on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 6-8 p.m.
The event will feature models wearing this fall’s favorite colors and styles. Part of the proceeds from sales at the event will go to benefit the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County.
The event is free. Wine and appetizers will be served. There will be door prizes and a drawing will be held for a Brighton handbag valued at $190.
Brighton representative, Brenda Norton will share her knowledge and expertise on the most current fashions and upcoming trends.
For more information, visit or call 704-636-4121.
Senior Appreciation Days coming
A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ sent representatives to the Seniors Group at the Miller Recreational Center to introduce all natural body essentials. Debbie Evans fielded questions ranging from holistic skin care to light weight fashion accessories.
The boutique will kick off Senior Appreciation Day starting Tuesday, and every third Tuesday of the month, with complimentary coffee or tea.
A Little Sumthin’ Sumthin’ is available to visit other senior programs by appointment. Visit or call 704-245-6461
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