Author: Shannon Koontz

Thank a teacher by visiting a school

Nov. 18-22 is American Educator Week, and Winston-Salem Forsyth School officials say what better time than the week before Thanksgiving to thank teachers and schools for their efforts. That�s why they are inviting parents, grandparents, community partners or anyone interested…

Things to do: Ideas for Veterans Day weekend

This weekend is a holiday weekend for students, and a chance to honor local military veterans for their service. As I�ve mentioned before, Veterans Day is extra special in our household. I am eternally grateful to the U.S. Navy for…

Halloween kicks off the holiday season

I started seeing signs of the holiday shopping season at the end of September, with �get a jump on the holiday season� tv commercials and holiday decorations at local stores. It used to be that the holiday shopping season started…

Have a safe and happy Halloween

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays, but it can get pretty hectic for parents. This Halloween, we wanted to share with you some basic safety precautions to help make Halloween safe, by the National Center for Missing & Exploited…

Taking the scare out of fright night

I�ve mentioned on more than one occasion that Beckett enjoys a good scare, much like his mother. But Emerson will fly out of the room to avoid watching even the tamest �scary� parts of a movie. Knowing this, we�ve shielded…

Tricks & Treats Discovery Concert for Kids

The Winston-Salem Symphony Discovery Concert for Kids is back for a 2013-14 season, that kicks off with a special �Tricks & Treats� concert on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. The concert will feature diabolical music delights in honor of…

Taking the scare out of the vampire bat

The vampire bat is a highly misunderstood creature. I know this because the world's leading expert, my 8-year-old, says so. Much like his mother, Beckett revels in all things macabre. Only, the difference between us is that he goes through…

Pumpkin Patch Palooza offers free family fun

Local church Halloween events and pumpkin patches are pretty common this time of year, so common in fact, that we don�t typically mention them because they are practically happening on every street corner. But one particular celebration deserves an honorable…

Meet the Piedmont�s most exotic residents

Tucked away in a remote area near the Caswell/Alamance County line is a hidden gem called the Conservators� Center. I had always heard rumors that it was a fantastic place to get close encounters with �big cats,� but I had…

Unique fall family fun on Lake Brandt

You can take a drive throughout the Piedmont and enjoy the fall colors, or you can see them like you�ve never seen them before --- from the middle of Lake Brandt. Lake Brandt Marina is offering fall foliage pontoon boat…

Badges and Burgers

They serve every day by protecting us and keeping our families safe, but on Saturday, the Greensboro police will serve burgers to raise money for the Special Olympics. The Tip-A-Cop event benefitting the Special Olympics will take place at the…

An Old Salem Halloween

Old Salem Museum and Gardens in Winston-Salem is hosting tons of Halloween fun this October, including a couple FREE events. On Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. you can show off your pumpkin carving creativity and imagination at Halloween…