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Monarch to host Third Annual Craft Show Oct. 27
craft show 2Monarch will host its Third Annual Community Craft Show from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Stanly Industrial Services, 730 Greenwood St., Albemarle. The public is invited to attend. Vendors from across the region will display unique handmade crafts, beautiful wreaths, candles, items from the Thirty-One series, purses, jewelry, decorative baskets and much, much more – just in time for the holidays. Candy apples, funnel cakes and hotdogs will also be sold. Organizers are expecting a number of new vendors this year.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit activities and programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Stanly County. Admission is free, but a canned food donation is encouraged to benefit Christian Ministries. The first 50 shoppers will receive a free gift.  For more information, contact Sandy Hendrick at (704) 986-7221 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

M.A.G.I.C.A.L garden groundbreaking at SIS in Albemarle Nov. 13
The Monarch Ability Garden Integrating Community and Land (M.A.G.I.C.A.L) will host a groundbreakinginvited ceremony to celebrate the development of a community garden at Stanly Industrial Services (SIS) in Albemarle. The public event will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the garden located at SIS.

The M.A.G.I.C.A.L. initiative was designed to provide a place for people to gather and learn about sustainable gardening while reaping the benefits of locally grown healthy foods. Area volunteers and people supported have already started work and have planted some produce, including pumpkins, just in time for the holidays.

“Most importantly, it is an opportunity to help Monarch to continue to Benny-Tenikafoster relationships, establish more partnerships with local organizations and to build a bridge of inclusion between the people we support and the community,” explained Kerry Martin, site manager at SIS. Martin said there are plans to establish a garden advisory committee comprised of people supported, families, faith-based leaders, elected officials, area residents and representatives from various organizations.

Earlier this year, Monarch received a $7,000 award from the United Way of Stanly County for the Albemarle garden project. Representatives from several community groups, including the county’s cooperative extension service and Stanly County Community College, have participated in the garden’s progress. The Albemarle garden is one of three that Monarch will develop across the state. A groundbreaking for the community garden in New Bern was held in August.

For details about the garden or the groundbreaking, please contact Kerry Martin at (704) 986-7283 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pictured above: Benny Benjamin, SIS day progam participant; and Tenika Bailey, developmental specialist, take a moment to pose for a photo recently in the SIS garden.

Beach blast!
Beach trip - region 3Last month, residents and staff from Lafayette and Circle Drive homes had a “blast at the beach,” according to Sandra Ross, developmental specialist at Lafayette. “It was so much fun and such an honor to experience this trip,” she said.

More than 15 people from the two homes spent five days in the sun at Myrtle Beach, S.C. While there, the beachgoers visited Ripley’s Aquarium and Alligator Adventure among other social outings. Sandra said the smiles on everyone’s faces were “priceless.” It was the first time in a couple of years the residents took a beach vacation. 

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