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SALISBURY — Allstate agency owner Jason Allen received the Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award for distinguished community service. With this award came a $1,000 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Rowan Rage Fastpitch Softball, Inc. in Salisbury, where Allen volunteers.
“The Allstate Agency Hands in the Community Award celebrates the spirit of service. Commitment to our communities is a natural extension of what we do every day — protecting people and making their lives more secure,” said Bob Holden, Field Senior Vice President for the Southeast Region. “With support from The Allstate Foundation, Jason is making our hometown a better, safer place to live.”
Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of Allstate Corp. Visit www.allstatefoundation.org for more information.
‘Parkie’s Patches’ joins artist collective
SALISBURY — Looking Glass Artist Collective at 405 N. Lee St. welcomes its newest member, James E. “Parkie” Parker, the maker of “Parkie’s Patches” handmade wearable art.
Parker’s hats, scarves and purses are now on sale in the collective’s shop, which features art and handmade items by local artists. Parker retired from the Catawba College theater arts department in 2003 after 33 years of service. He was the department’s set and costume designer for many years, and taught technical theater, makeup, acting, directing and style courses.
He directed numerous plays, including 14 Shakespearean productions. He also taught literature classes and acted.
He will perform in the upcoming Lee Street Theatre production in the Looking Glass Black Box Theater at 7:30 p.m. June 6-9. “Six Feet Under” is a 10-minute play festival and in keeping with the “10” theme, all of Parker’s handmade items will be on sale for $10 each during the run of the plays.
The collective has openings for new artist members. For information about applying for membership, contact Manager Sarah Hall at salisburyartists@gmail.com or 704-633-2787. Visit www.salisburyartists@gmail.com for more information.
TranqWool to take needles outside
SALISBURY — TranqWool Knitting Provisions will celebrate Worldwide Knit in Public Day June 9 and 10 in the yard beside the shop at 310 Mocksville Ave. in Salisbury.
The theme for this year’s event is “Think Outside the Knitting Bag” and will include activities such as extreme knitting, Kumihimo and yoga for fiberists. Everyone is invited to bring their own projects, along with a chair and cooler.
On Saturday morning, the Olde Rowan Fiber Guild will demonstrate knitting, crochet, spinning and weaving. They will also have their own items for sale. Through the afternoon and Sunday, TranqWool’s own Brian Pfaff will start an extreme knitting project using rope as his chosen “yarn” and fence posts as his “needles.” He invites anyone who wishes to help out.
Anne Waters, of Blue Ewe Yoga Studio. will lead a gentle, restorative yoga session from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Throughout the weekend, TranqWool will have looms available for participants to try the ancient Japanese braiding technique, Kumihimo. TranqWool will have coupons, good for the weekend, available for customers who bring non-perishable food donations for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 9 and 1 to 4 p.m. June 10. For more information: 704-431-4527 or tranqwool@yahoo.com.
Worldwide Knit in Public Day was started in 2005 as an effort to showcase knitting and crocheting.
Rowan Sleep Health reaccredited
SALISBURY — Rowan Sleep Health has been reaccredited for an additional five years by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
The sleep center meets or exceeds all standards for professional healthcare. The reaccreditation process involved detailed inspection of the center’s facility and staff, including an evaluation of testing procedures, patient contacts and physician training.
Rowan Sleep Health is staffed by Dr. Dennis Hill and Dr. Sheila Smalls-Stokes, board-certified sleep medicine physicians. Hill has more than 30 years of experience in evaluating and managing patients with sleep disorders. He was the first board-certified sleep specialist in the Carolinas and supervised the first fully accredited sleep center in North Carolina in 1985.
“This reaccreditation showcases the high quality care we provide for patients suffering with sleep-related problems,” Hill said. “Our entire team is devoted to helping our patients sleep achieve the best sleep possible so they can lead a productive, healthy life.”
Rowan Sleep Health is located at 911 W. Henderson St. Suite 120 in the Kiser Medical Office of Rowan Regional Medical Center. To learn more call 704-637-1779.
Con artists pose as EnergyUnited employees
STATESVILLE — EnergyUnited is warning area residents to watch out for con artists posing as EnergyUnited employees.
EnergyUnited received a report that a member of the cooperative was approached at her home this past week by someone posing as an EnergyUnited employee. The man stated he needed to enter the residence to check the voltage on her outlets.
“If someone comes to your door claiming to work for EnergyUnited, ask for company identification or contact us for further verification,” said Kathleen Hart, EnergyUnited vice president of customer care. “The majority of EnergyUnited work is done outside the home and all of our employees have ID badges, wear EnergyUnited branded uniforms and drive EnergyUnited vehicles.”
EnergyUnited’s number is 1-800-522-3793.
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