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The NAACP, Greensboro Branch, Political Action Committee will host a Candidates Forum in preparation for the October 6, 2015 Primary and November 3, 2015 General Municipal Elections. The forum will feature candidates running for the offices of City Council Districts, including At-Large and Mayoral.

The Candidates Forum is an opportunity for business and community leaders, organizers, residents and interested parties to meet the candidates and learn the views and platforms on a wide range of topics.

The event will be held on the Bennett College Campus in the Pfeiffer Science Auditorium, 900 E. Washington Street, on Sunday, September 27, 2015 beginning at 3:30pm. Doors will open at 3:00pm and the event is free and open to the public.

Moderating the forum will be Mr. Andre Robinson, a director, producer, writer, project manager, activist and consultant with a broad background in films, television, music, conferences, special events and cultural space development projects.


Starting Oct.1, local distilleries can begin selling their spirits to tourists who visit their sites. This is a major shift from the previous law which had restricted the sale of bottled liquor to ABC stores.

“This is a big step for our state’s 26 craft distillers,” said Scott Maitland, president of the Distillers Association of North Carolina. “The new law will help distilleries build brand awareness and lead to increased sales.”

Under the law, distilleries are allowed to sell one bottle of distilled spirits per person per 12-month period. This is the first time in more than 100 years that a commercial enterprise has been allowed to sell bottled liquor outside of an ABC store in North Carolina. Joe Tappe, distiller at Broad Branch Distillery in Winston Salem, says this is a great opportunity to increase tourism revenue at their distillery.

“Too often, we have guests visit our facility while on vacation, and they are looking for a bottle to take home,” said Tappe. “The new rule will help us capitalize on that interest, so we don’t miss out on a potential sale. It also will give our guests a great souvenir of their experience.”

The Distillers Association of North Carolina is welcoming in the new law on social media with the hashtag, #Buy1Oct1. Fans and followers can use the hashtag to find tastings, tours and special events from local distillers leading up to the October 1 celebration. Many distillers will be holding special events on October 1, and some are using the date as their grand opening.

In addition, the association will launch a new passport program to encourage tourists to visit local distillers. A collector’s edition of the passport will be available at participating distilleries in October. Tourists can collect unique stamps at each location they visit along the way. A custom website and “Visit NC Spirits” mobile app are also in the works.

Many North Carolina distillers are working with local farmers to source traditional grains such as barley, corn, rye and wheat. From soil to spirits, they are also finding new uses for locally grown produce, such as sweet potatoes, apples and peaches. More information about the state’s craft distillery industry is available on the Distillers Association of North Carolina website at www.


Mountainfilm on Tour brings inspiration and education about important issues to audiences around the world. The tour will make a stop in High Point at the High Point Theatre, Thursday, October 8, with documentary films that will explore the themes connected to Telluride Mountainfilm’s mission of exploring cultures, preserving environments and promoting adventure.

Established in 1979, Mountainfilm is dedicated to educating, inspiring and motivating audiences about environments, cultures, issues and adventures. Working at the nexus of filmmaking and action, its flagship event is the renowned Telluride Mountainfilm festival, a four-day event held each Memorial Day weekend in Telluride, Colorado. The festival has attracted leading documentary filmmakers, artists, photographers, conservationists, mountaineers, scientists, journalists and explorers from around the world to engage in the festival’s tag line of “celebrating indomitable spirit.” !