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                                                                                                               board meeting, at which time we’ll approve         purchasing dollars. And that’s our fault.
                                                                       Information On The BEST                 these steps. Those include … potentially           In the performing arts’ nonprofit sector,
                                                                       Companies & Download                    doing a show in concert or, as we did with         we’re always talking about folks donating.
                                                          COM          Money Saving COUPONS!                   “Figaro,” totally reconceiving a physical pro-     But the opera generally will sell between
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                                                                                                               duction. It potentially means postponing a         72 and 80 percent capacity for our perfor-
                                                                                                               production to the following season.                mances. If we were to increase that on an
                                                                                                                  We have already talked to our senior            aggregate to 90 percent, then all of a sud-
                                     Charlotte’s Best Wedding Officiant                                        staff and they are in agreement that if they       den that additional earned revenue goes
                                     A Wedding Minister                                                        need to take a salary cut, they will. Which        right back in to support everything that we
                                     Rev. Julie is one of the most sought after wedding                        is admirable for all of them because we            do.
                                     officiants in the area. Having officiated hundreds of                     already implemented a salary freeze going             We’ve got to encourage people to par-
                                     weddings and special services, she is professional,
                                                                                                               into this year. That’s evidence of the level       ticipate as audience members, as well as
                                     organized and dependable. Take advantage of her
                                     wealth of experience for your special event. For More                     of dedication that the staff has to making         thinking about donating. They are equally
                                     information visit: www.RatedBestOf Charlotte.com                          this the best company possible.                    important, and right now, I’d rather see
                                                                                                                  At the same time, we’re looking at what         somebody buy a $50 ticket than donate
                                                                                                               we do in the community, how we interact            $50 and never show up. q
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                                                                                                                Arts Beat
                      A & B AUTOMOTIVE                             JESSE BROWN’S OUTDOOR
                  Best Ballroom & Latin Dance Studio                Best Residential Painting Contractor
                  DANCESPORT CAROLINA                      W. SUMTER COX PAINTING CONTRACTORS                                                              A snapshot of arts-related news items
                  Best Bathtub Refinishing Company                          Best Pediatric Dentist
             CAROLINA TURN-KEY SERVICES                        CHARLOTTE PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY                   Duke Energy to sponsor                             organization and educate “Today” view-
                    Best Cabinet Refacing Company                       Best Personal Training Studio          Broadway Lights                                    ers on its efforts. Then Roker will pres-
              CAROLINA CABINET REFACING                            1-ON-1 FITNESS TRAINING
                        Best Chinese Restaurant:                      Best Pest Control/Exterminating            Appropriately enough, Duke Energy                ent the charity with essential items.
          WAN FU QUALITY CHINESE CUISINE                         ACTION PEST EXTERMINATING                     will help the Blumenthal Performing Arts           “Today” has raised more than $1.8 mil-
              Best Chiropractic Care & Physical Therapy                         Best Pet Shop                                                                     lion in donations from this year’s “Lend A
                 DYNAMIC HEALTH CENTER                                      PINEVILLE PETS
                                                                                                               Center keep its lights on. The company
                    Best Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery                               Best Pizza                   has become the title sponsor of the Blu-           Hand” trip, the largest amount of contri-
      CENTER FOR COSMETIC & PLASTIC SURGERY                               PALONE’S PIZZA                       menthal’s Broadway Lights Series, replac-          butions ever for the series. Following the
                      Best Custom Design Jeweler                          Best Plumbing Company
                     DESIGNS BY SHIRLEE                        ALL ABOUT THE PIPES PLUMBING                    ing Stanford Financial after that group’s          Charlotte stop, viewers can log on to www.
                      Best General Dentistry Office                        Best Real Estate Agent              contract expired.                                  TODAYshow.com for more information
                 DR. BENJAMIN DYER, DDS                                  BETTY RORIE, GRI
                        Best Electrical Contractor                    Best Residential Cleaning Service          “We are pleased to partner with (the             on the charity and how they can help.
                           EMF ELECTRIC                          MARSHALL CLEANING SERVICE                     Blumenthal), which is a vital player in
                     Best Event Planning Company                        Best Retirement Community:             our cultural community and a significant           Celebrate ‘America’ at Hickory Grove
         BLUEPRINTS FOR SUCCESSFUL EVENTS                                     ALDERSGATE
                Best Financial & Retirement Planning                       Best Roofing Contractor             source of economic development for our                Hickory Grove Baptist Church will pres-
            HOBART FINANCIAL GROUP, INC.                    PINNACLE ROOFING & EXTERIORS, INC.                 region,” said Jim Rogers, president and            ent “Celebrate America” on Sunday, June
                           Best Fitness Studio                            Best Seafood Restaurant
                         CIARLA FITNESS                         PIER 51 SEAFOOD RESTAURANT                     CEO of Duke Energy. “Our sponsorship               28, at its main campus, 6050 Hickory
                               Best Florist                             Best Security Guards & Patrol          will also help to make these memorable             Grove Road, Charlotte. The event honors
               THE BLOSSOM SHOP FLORIST                        GUARD-ONE PROTECTIVE SERVICES                   experiences more accessible to everyone,           the police, fire, medic and armed forces
                          Best Funeral Services                            Best Storage Buildings
      HERITAGE FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES                             CUSTOM BUILDINGS                       especially families in need, through our           who serve the community and overseas.
                 Best Granite & Marble Countertops               Best Supplemental Education/College Prep      contribution to the ticket scholarship pro-        The program will feature Hickory Grove
                        TILE COLLECTION                         TUTORING CLUB OF CHARLOTTE
                 Best Gutters & Downspouts Company                       Best Swim School & Lesson             gram and support of the center’s arts edu-         Baptist Church’s choir and orchestra, a
            THE GUTTER SHUTTER COMPANY                            CHARLOTTE SWIM ACADEMY                       cation and outreach programs.”                     rescue vehicle show, a Red Cross blood
                       Best Health Foods Market                      Best Tile Showroom & Installation                                                            drive, cookout and inflatable toys for the
                  HEALTHY HOME MARKET                                  TILE COLLECTION, INC.
                                                                                                                 The 2009-10 Broadway Lights Series,
                            Best Hearing Aids                               Best Tutoring Service              announced earlier this year, includes              kids. The musical performances will begin
                           MIRACLE EAR                            EARLY BIRD LEARNING, INC.                    anticipated titles such as “A Chorus               at 3 and 7 p.m. in the Worship Center. This
                           Best Home Builder                                  Best Vinyl Siding
             BROOKWOOD HOME BUILDERS                        WINDOW WORLD & SIDING COMPANY                      Line” (Sept. 29-Oct. 4), “Spring Awak-             year’s Joe B. Brown Community Service
                    Best Home Guide (New Homes)                            Best Wedding Officiant              ening” (Feb. 2-7), “Jersey Boys” (March            Award will go to the Hickory Grove Police
                    NEW HOMES JOURNAL                                  A WEDDING MINISTER
                   Best Home Remodeling Company                            Best Weight Loss Clinic             31-April 11) and “Mary Poppins” (Aug.              Department and will be presented to the
                 URBAN BUILDING GROUP                              MEDIWEIGHTLOSS CLINICS                      26-Sept. 5). Visit www.blumenthal                  precinct’s men and women at each perfor-
                        Best Home Theatre Store                           Best Windows Company                 center.org for more information.                   mance. The blood drive runs from 1 to 6
                              ZOBO.TV                       WINDOW WORLD & SIDING COMPANY
           Best House Washing/Window Cleaning Company           Best Window Tinting Service (Home & Auto)                                                         p.m., while the rescue vehicle show begins
      JOHN W. MONROE, CLEANING CONTRACTOR                    LIGHTNING MIKE’S WINDOW TINTING                   Roker in town to lend ‘Hand’                       at 4:30. For details, call 704-622-7202.
                           Best In-Home Care
            CHARLOTTE CARE SERVICES, INC.                      BEST B2B BUSINESSES                                Those who regularly wake up with Al
                Best Insurance Agency - Home & Auto               Best Commercial Audio & Video Systems        Roker and the rest of the “Today” cast             Sing the blues in Cornelius
     MARDIROSIAN NORTON INSURANCE SERVICES                               AUDIO ETHICS, INC.                    won’t need a television set on Friday, June           The Charlotte Blues Society will host
                         Best Interior Designer                          Best Business Barter Group
            INTERIORS BY DECORATING DEN                            TRADEBANK OF CHARLOTTE                      26. That’s because the celebrated weather-         three summer fundraisers at Midtown
                      Best Jewelry & Watch Repair              Best Commercial Real Estate Leasing Company     man will broadcast live from Spirit Square,        Sundries Lake Norman, 18665 Harborside
               JEWELRY & WATCH DOCTOR                                   HOLDEN PROPERTIES
                        Best Lighting Showroom                                Best Courier Service             345 N. College St., Charlotte, as part of          Drive, Cornelius, to benefit the society’s pro-
             UNIQUE LIGHTING SHOWPLACE                                DASH COURIER SERVICE                     the show’s eighth annual “Lend a Hand              grams. Featured acts at the Sunday concerts
                    Best Family Martial Arts Center            Best Disaster Restoration Company, Commercial   Today.”                                            – which are scheduled for June 28, July 26
          IMB FAMILY MARTIAL ARTS CENTER                    ENVIRONMENTAL DIVERSIFIED SERVICES
                      Best Mexican Food - Burritos                       Best Interpreter / Translator            Roker spent the week in a Penske truck vis-     and Aug. 30 – are Robin Rogers, Lenny Fed-
                          PHAT BURRITO                           FLUENT LANGUAGE SOLUTIONS                     iting four additional cities: Los Angeles; Port-   eral, Ned Lucas, Matter of Fact, the Con-
                         Best Mobile DJ Service                           Best Insurance Wholesaler
                            DJ EXPRESS                      FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE GROUP, INC.                 land, Ore.; Galveston, Texas; and Little Rock,     tagious Blues Band, the Thermatones and
               Best New & Used Motorcycle Dealership                           Best Sales Trainer              Ark. The trip concludes in Charlotte, where        more. There is a suggested donation of $10
     BMW-DUCATI-TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES OF CLT                                 HENRICK’S CORP
                            Best Optometrist                                 Best Staffing Services
                                                                                                               Roker will “Lend A Hand” to a local char-          at the door. Shows begin at 4 p.m. For more
                     LEIGHTON EYE CLINIC                             BENNETT-HALL COMPANY                      ity, the identity of which is being kept under     details, visit www.charlottebluessociety.org.
                            Best Orthodontics                          Best Third Party Administrators         wraps until the morning of Roker’s visit.
           BURROW & CASE ORTHODONTICS                           TUCKER ADMINISTRATORS, INC.
                                                                                                                  “Today” anchors Matt Lauer and Mer-
                                                                                                               edith Vieira will toss to Roker repeatedly          Send your arts news items to
        For Information About These Businesses & Valuable COUPONS, Visit                                       during the morning telecast so he can              sean@huntersvilleherald.com.
       www.RatedBestOfCharlotte.com                                                                            introduce Charlotte’s chosen charitable

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