By TMoM Team Member Katie Moosbrugger

Lots of fun stuff happening around town on TMoM!  Here is what we are featuring in today’s Sunday Spotlight:

~ Children’s Museum’s 10th Birthday Party
~ Holiday Photo Session with The Portrait Gallery
~ The 6th Annual Matthew Gfeller Memorial 5K Doughnut Run
~ Kids Morning Out at a Wake Forest Basketball game
~ New Giveaway Announced, and Winner Revealed from Last Giveaway


Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem Turns 10!

To celebrate its 10th Birthday, and commemorate A Decade of Play, the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, will hold a Birthday party on Thursday, November 20th by being open for 10 hours (9am-7pm) FREE of charge to the public and with special programming. Krispy Kreme will be providing donuts and coffee all day. Since opening in 2004, the Museum has welcomed more than 800,000 visitors through its doors, staying true to its mission to create a compelling destination for the community to play and learn by experiencing literature, storytelling and the arts.  Whether guests are climbing the 30 ft. beanstalk, reliving fairy tales in the Enchanted Forest, or shopping and making healthy meals in Food Lion the museum lives up to its vision of “nurturing children’s imaginations, creativity, and love of reading” by providing access to all children in the community.

Santa’s Workshop featuring Santa AND Mrs. Claus!

Photographer Claudia Page with The Portrait Gallery is hosting a ONE DAY ONLY holiday portrait session. The theme of this year’s session is “Santa’s Workshop” featuring Santa AND Mrs. Claus. Children will have a ball pretending to help build toys with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a gorgeous workshop setting, complete with vintage tools and antique toys. These sessions have limited time slots and are booked by appointment only. The sessions will take place on December 7 between 10 am and 3 pm at the Hampton Inn in Advance (I40 and 801). These sessions are only $25, plus she is asking participants to bring two cans of food for the Clemmons Food Pantry. Claudia is a two-time TMoM Choice Awards winner for “Favorite Photographer” and she is voted a finalist every year. Don’t let this affordable – and adorable – holiday photo opportunity pass you by! Call Claudia at 336-712-0227 today!

The 6th Annual Matthew Gfeller Memorial 5K Doughnut Run

On August 22, 2008 Reynolds High School student, Matthew Gfeller, suffered a severe helmet to helmet collision during his first varsity football game. Tragically, the accident caused a fatal traumatic brain injury and Matthew passed away two days later. A doughnut run event was created to remember Matt, to raise money for traumatic brain injury research and to bring the community together. The 6th Annual Matthew Gfeller Memorial 5K Doughnut Run takes place on Saturday, Nov. 15th at RJR High School. Proceeds benefit The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma in Winston-Salem and the Matthew Gfeller Sports-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center at UNC-CH.  New this year:  Bib Tag Timing system including a disposable timing chip attached to the bib number which automatically records each runner’s time. All participants receive a long-sleeve dry fit t-shirt. Eating doughnuts is optional!  For registration or more information, go to or through the website.

Kid’s Morning Out

Come spend the morning of Tuesday, November 11, at the home of Wake Forest Basketball (LJVM Coliseum) between 10 am Noon. This FREE event, sponsored byForsyth Family magazine, comes complete with fun basketball activities, crafts, photos with the Deacon and refreshments!  Appropriate tennis shoes required.  Please enter via the “Windsor Club” entrance.  Each adult also receives 4 tickets for the fabulous prize board drawings. Plus this month, there are three opportunities to get extra door prize tickets: 1) Wear your “I {Heart} Winston-Salem bracelet (if you don’t have one, you can get one at the event, 2) Wear your “I Voted” sticker (it’s election day!), and 3) Bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Clemmons Rotary Toy Drive.

New Giveaway & Winner Announced

Let Brenner Children’s Hospital relieve the holiday stress this season. Register to win a $100 Visa gift card in our latest giveaway! We will announce TWO random winners on November 16. Click HERE to sign up.

Plus, congrats to Alanna McGary! She is the lucky TMoM reader to win a $100 shopping spree atetc. Consignment Shoppe! As the weather changes so does the inventory selection at etc. Consignment Shoppe. Their store is filling up with Fall and Winter clothing for the entire family, as well as housewares and furniture for your home.  etc. also offers holiday decor for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stop by and enjoy  shopping in their 16,000 square foot showroom. Many thanks to etc for this generous prize!!

Today’s Sunday Spotlight is sponsored by the Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, The Portrait Gallery, the Matthew Gfeller Foundation, Forsyth Family magazine, Brenner Children’s Hospital, and etc. Consignment Shoppe.