Up & Coming Weekly

November 12, 2019

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12 UCW NOVEMBER 13-19, 2019 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM Looking for a way to get fit while also helping a good cause? Look no further than the Red Apple Run for Diabetes. It's set for Nov. 16 in downtown Fayetteville. What started in 2013 as a simple fundraiser has turned into an event that raises money to help support Better Health's mission to provide for the unmet health care needs in Cumberland County. The run reinforces the same lifestyle that Better Health encourages its clients to live. This event offers several options for its participants. These options fit their needs while also allowing them to complete the run at their own pace. Partici- pants can either do the 10k, 5k or the one-mile fun run. "We want to encourage community members to come out and be active. It is a safe, fun way to be active with your family and friends, whether you are a competitive runner doing the 10K, or perhaps a parent with young children pushing a stroller in the 5K or fun run," said Executive Director Amy Navejas. Navejas is the executive director at Better Health. In terms of the Red Apple Run, she works with the volunteer Red Apple Run committee and committee chair, Mick Noland, on coordi- nating, marketing and planning the event. On the day of the event, she will also be running around cheering on runners, handing out medals and checking up on people. There are many goals that this event strives to achieve. Navejas said, "I see the event as hav- ing several goals. Of course, it is a fundraiser, so it is crucial that the event raises funds to help provide for our services to the community. Better Health offers emergency direct medical aid like medications, dental extractions, free diabetes clinics (and) loans out medical equipment and hosts a childhood obesity program. While all of our services are free to the community, there are costs to providing these services. The Red Apple Run goes toward supporting those programs." There is much that goes on behind the scenes for this event to take place. From logistics to ap- plying for a permit, the list of what must happen for The Red Apple Run to succeed is endless. Navejas said that a run like this requires "a lot of coordinating and planning." The event organiz- ers have to select a date, apply for a permit and secure a timing company to solicit sponsors. On Nov. 16, the run will take place in the downtown area of Fayetteville. The course will start in the downtown area and go toward Haymount. It will then go through the historic neighborhood, past the E. A. Poe House, and finish off near the site of the new Civil War Mu- seum & Reconstruction History Center where the 5k runners will go back to the starting point. Each participant will also receive a medal and a beanie. So, if you are looking for something to do that weekend or want to support a great cause, go to the Red Apple Run on Nov. 16. For more infor- mation, visit https://www.betterhealthcc.org/ or call 910-483-7534. Red Apple Run to fight diabetes by OLIVIA BURKE Oye! Oye! Methodist University's Renaissance- themed Yuletide Feaste is returning this Christ- mas season Dec. 6 and 7 for its ninth year of spreading holiday merriment and mirth to the Fayetteville area. Not an ordinary dinner theater, the Method- ist University Chorale takes patrons on a trip back in time to the court of Queen Elizabeth I of England, as members of the choir, bedecked in their fifteenth-century finery, celebrate the joy of the season as members of the Queen's court. The show features a variety of traditional and period carols, sung by the University Choir, as well as special holiday pieces presented by MU's elite Chamber Singers. The show culminates in a moving rendition of "Silent Night" sung by candlelight, as guests are invited to reflect upon the deeper meaning of the season. The show is full of warmth and heart, as it offers not only lighthearted entertainment for guests, but in- vites everyone, performers and patrons alike, to experience the comfort and joy of the Christmas spirit. As the name suggests, Yuletide Feaste offers its patrons top-notch entertainment, but it also pro- vides guests with a sumptuous spread inspired by the holiday feasts held by the royal courts of 15th-century Europe. The four-course meal includes dishes such as butternut squash soup, stuffed chicken with smoked Gouda, wild rice pilaf and much more. There are also vegetarian options available for those who prefer to forego meat. Finally, the meal concludes with a spectac- ular dessert — figgy pudding, doused in brandy and then set aflame, as the dish has traditionally been served for hundreds of years. The Yuletide Feaste was the brainchild of Dr. Michael Martin, the director of University Choirs at MU. Inspired by similar holiday shows put on at Kent State University, where he was a student, Martin brought the idea to the MU Chorale and organized Fayetteville's first Feaste in 2011. As MU Chorale members will tell you, Feaste is as much a delight for the students to put on as it is for patrons to watch. This year, the president of the MU Chorale, Mrs. Jordan Dues, will portray Queen Elizabeth I. Dues, a senior, shared her sentiments: "Feaste has not only become a tradi- tion for the Chorale, but also for the community. It's a night filled with good food, good company and good entertainment. I've enjoyed being a part of the Chorale for these past four years and cannot imagine how I will feel next year when I can no longer be a part of this great family." Dues said that she will, however, continue to participate in the event after she graduates, albeit from the other side of the curtain. "I will come back as often as I can to watch the Queen's court and the companionship that is exhibited." Yuletide Feaste will be held at Haymount United Methodist Church on Fort Bragg Road Dec. 6 and 7. Tickets are $45 each and benefit the MU Chorale, helping them travel to perform in various locations throughout the country and around the world. Tickets must be reserved by Nov. 25 and can be purchased online at https:// www.methodist.edu/music/yuletide-feaste/ or by mailing a physical copy of the registration form with a check or credit card number to Linda Volman Lane at the MU music department. Methodist University celebrates the season with a Yuletide Feast by ALYSSA HALL EVENTS OLIVIA BURKE, Contributing writer. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484- 6200. e Red Apple Run benefits Better Health. ALYSSA HALL, Contributing writer. COMMENTS? Editor@ upandcomingweekly.com. 910-484- 6200. e Yuletide Feaste is set for Dec. 6 and 7.

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