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Special Feature

Rhonda Walker: A Champion of Change

MAY/JUNE 2018

Ronda Walker, vice chairman of the Montgomery County Commission, has had a desire to make her community a better place since before she could even vote. She is currently running for a seat in the Alabama State Senate, which is the culmination of a fulfilling but sometimes challenging journey for Walker. Through it all, however, her goal is clear—to serve the people of the River Region and see their lives changed for good.

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Capital Crown

MAY/JUNE 2018

The “Capital of Cool” has a new way for the young women of our community to give back and earn money for college in the process. After a successful 2018 program, the Miss Tri County pageant is already making plans for the 2019 program. Pageant coordinator and high school teacher Tatum Smith decided to start the program after talking to one of her former students about the need here in Central Alabama. She said, “I thought it was a crying shame. How does the Capital City not have a Miss Alabama preliminary? So, I called the Miss Alabama office and created Miss Tri County. We represent Autauga, Elmore and Montgomery counties.”

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Valiant Cross Academy

MARCH/APRIL 2018

“We believe that everyone is created in God’s image, and African American young men are definitely not anexception. We are out to prove that there is not an achievement gap as much as it is an opportunity gap. Our goal is to level the playing field by exposing our young men to as much as possible in a highly-rigorous academic setting.” These words by Anthony Brock, principal and co-founder of Valiant Cross Academy, capture the dream that came alive for Brock and his brother, Fred, when they founded the academy in 2015 with the goal to educate and shape the lives of young men in Montgomery.

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National Infertility Awareness Week

MARCH/APRIL 2018

I know what you’re thinking, America doesn’t need one more “awareness week” to think about. And you know what? We don’t, so don’t think of this as a week. Think of this as changing the narrative, helping to take away the stigma of the disease called infertility

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Hair Therapy

MARCH/APRIL 2018

The smell of all­natural shampoo hits you when you walk into the lobby of Doug’s 2 Salon and Spa. The second you breathe it in, you are transported to a world of pampering, relaxation and the coveted “me time.” That’s just the experience owner and operator Doug Rice wants you to have when you enter his salon.

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East Side Ink....a look into Halcyon Tattoo Studio

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

For Nate Johnson, owner and tattoo artist at Halcyon Tattoo Studio, it is all about the ritual: he smokes a cigarette before every tattoo. “It just relaxes me, because this is something permanent on people and being that it is permanent I want to be relaxed and in the right mindset,” said Johnson. He meticulously arranges his ink caps as his subject waits patiently for the tattooing process to begin. Johnson waits to pour the pigment until he is ready to start. He says there are contaminants in the air that you can’t see and they aren’t good for an open wound.

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Art Auction 2018

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018

It’s that time of the year again in the River Region—a time when great art, food and music combine in one fabulous event to raise money for the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Get ready forArt Auction 2018! The museum’s Art Auction is a biennial fundraising event that has become a beloved and highly anticipated evening in our area.This year marks the 14th Art Auction, which will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Emily Flowers, director of development at the museum, outlined some of the changes and exciting new developments that are in the works.

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Art in Motion...and on a Mission

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

It is a rare thing to be able to align your passion with your job and be able to help people along the way, but Dr. Ruth Penton Polson is doing just that. With her athleisure brand, REP Active Art, Ruth found a way to combine her love of art and fitness with inspiring and empowering women to be confidently expressive and to find their voice and inner strength. She puts that same energy into raising her daughter, Emma, who is the “E” in REP.

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Johnny Marvin's

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2017

Tucked away on Mulberry Street near Old Cloverdale is a little house with a brightly, multicolored painted awning. It’s not your typical storefront- which is fitting- because Johnny Marvin’s Paint and Furniture is a truly unique place. Besides being Montgomery’s only stockist of the much-sought-after Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® and supplies, it is the home away from home for a small group of artisans who unabashedly refer to Johnny Marvin’s as their “happy place.”

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Shipt...groceries delivered to your door

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

You may get some weird looks if you go to your local grocery store in pajamas, but what if the store came to you? Shopping from your comfy couch, waiting for your bread and milk to be delivered to your door—yes, please! One company makes that happen and has now expanded into the River Region. Shipt, a grocery delivery company, makes your dreams come true...if your dreams include having your groceries at your door in about an hour.

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