A Travel Back in Time

Published September 1, 2020

In Memory of Leeya’s Beloved Dog, Tyler

You will be missed, buddy. Thank you for giving me the best thirteen years of my life.

Happy September, everyone!

The second issue of A and L Magazine has arrived! We hope you enjoyed the first issue! Issue 2: A Travel Through Time will tell you all about our neighborhood in the past. In this month’s magazine, you will find some fun facts, a coloring page, a couple of punny jokes, a speech, poem, artwork, and … an article about our neighborhood, then and now! Give your friends the link to our website if you think they might be interested in reading the issues: aandlmagazine.com

Hope you enjoy it!

-Leeya and Adalia

A Travel Back in Time: A Look at Our Neighborhood from the Past and Present

By Leeya and Adalia

Our neighborhood is constantly changing, just like Raleigh has transformed from a large town to a growing city. The neighbors are different. The stores are different. The houses are different! The cycle of new and old families is coming back around. We interviewed two members of the neighborhood community to learn more: Ms. Parton is a lifelong resident of North Carolina who moved to our neighborhood as a young girl. She went to the nearby high school at a time when segregation was still around. Ms. Cam and her dog Lily have been living in our neighborhood for around twenty years. She says, “I think it is a great neighborhood, a lot of nice people, people seem to get along … and I think the best thing is the people.” 

If you don’t live in the neighborhood, you might only know it as a place full of clothing stores and small restaurants. But to the neighborhoods around it, our neighborhood means much more. The neighborhood community is a big family with a close bond. According to Ms. Parton, our neighborhood is in a cycle of new and old. It starts out with lots of younger families, usually with kids, moving into the neighborhood. As the parents grow older, they usually stay in our neighborhood because of its tight community. Then, a new group of younger families come in and the cycle continues. However, this does not mean the new neighbors replace the old ones; that’s the great thing about this neighborhood. It is a perfect balance of old and new. As Ms. Cam said, “There were some nice people here before, but there are nice people here now, so that hasn’t changed!”

The shopping center is undergoing huge changes as Raleigh and the world around it develops. New shops are appearing, stores are changing, and the places to visit aren’t the same. When Ms. Parton first moved here “The shopping center consisted of the block that now houses the Village Drafthouse and Cameron Grill … And there was one row of stores over on the side where the library is and … where the Village Deli is … I think that the stores over on the west side might have been built after I moved here.” Some places like Crunch Fitness and Chick-Fil-A have only been open for a few years. While other places like Great Outdoor Provisions have been in the neighborhood since 1983, almost forty years! However, the neighborhood has been around much longer than that. In fact, it opened in 1949 and was the first shopping center built in the south east. It underwent a $17 million overhaul in the early 1990s bringing it closer to the place we know today. 

Since our neighborhood is a neighborhood, there has to be people. However, the people of this neighborhood are no ordinary neighbors. The people in this community are caring and thoughtful, many of them have that ‘southern hospitality.’ When interviewing Ms. Parton and Ms. Cam, we were able to just knock on their door with no previous planning, and they happily let us interview them. And they didn’t just half-heartedly give a few word answers to the kids who showed up at their door. They took time out of their day to really give us long and informational answers that were very helpful when writing this. Another example of the kindness in this community is ourselves. We have been friends for over ten years because when Adalia moved to North Carolina, she met Leeya in preschool. Their moms became friends. Leeya’s mom showed Adalia’s family a house in the neighborhood which they loved and decided to buy. Now, Adalia and Leeya are neighbors and they live a block away from each other. In some ways, the community is the reason why we are writing this article. As Cam sums it up, “You might not agree with everybody on everything but they’re still nice people.”

Mirabel’s Map of the World

A watercolor and pin-punched map of all seven continents by Mirabel! Made to show how each continent fits onto Earth and to learn the art of patience while pin-punching.

Tech Tips: Take a Screenshot!

A screenshot is an image of your phone’s screen that will get saved to your camera roll.

For phones WITHOUT a home button:

  1. Press the on/off button and the volume button at the same time. 
  2. On an iPhone, a small square will appear at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. Click on this if you want to crop your shot. On an Android or Google, the image will automatically be saved to your photos. 
  3. If this does not work, hold the on/off button for a few seconds. 
  4. A small row of icons should appear at the bottom. 
  5. Press the icon labeled screenshot.

For phones WITH a home button:

  1. Press the home button and the on/off button at the same time.
  2. On an iPhone, a small square will appear at the bottom left-hand corner of your screen. Click on this if you want to crop your shot. On an Android or Google, the image will automatically be saved to your photos.
  3. If this does not work, follow the instructions for phones without a home button.

Frisbee Fun!

Walter Frederick Morrison invented the Frisbee in 1948, which was originally called the Pluto Platter. The first disks were heavy and some even made of metal! Morrison died in 2010 at the age of 90 and his family decided to cremate him and make his ashes into a Frisbee afterward!

Time to Learn About Trailers!

Back in 1913, the very first trailers were shown after not before the movie, trailing the movie. And when people went to the movies back then, they would stay in the movie theater for the whole day. “Broadway producer, Nils Granlund decided to take advantage of the audience members sitting and waiting for the next movie to play, so he developed a short film to advertise upcoming plays in between screening rotations at the movie theater.” However, in the 1930s, too many audience members “were leaving right after the film so movie theaters started to show trailers before the feature film.”

Puns N’ Recipes

By Leeya

Feeling thirsty and craving a thirst-quenching drink? Don’t have a new recipe to try out or a good idea for a drink that’s not alcoholic? Do you know who can help you? LIME-AID!

Use this recipe below to make a delicious cherry limeade:


  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon of maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • ½ a cup of any kind of seltzer or soda water
  • Slice of lime and maraschino cherry for decoration


  1. Squeeze lime juice and put maraschino cherry juice into a glass.
  2. Add ½ a cup of your seltzer or soda water and 1 tablespoon of sugar into the glass.
  3. Stir vigorously until sugar is dissolved.
  4. Cut a round slice of lime and cut a slit and place it on the rim of the glass.
  5. Cut a slit into one maraschino cherry and add it to the rim next to the lime slice.
  6. Add two or three cubes of ice and enjoy!


You can use sprite if you don’t have a seltzer, just don’t put in a tablespoon of sugar. Citrus seltzer and soda water will give the drink the best taste.

Back in the Good Ol’ Days

By Adalia and Leeya

Back in the good ol’ days

When the world was black and white,

And the kids were carefree,

And the parents didn’t worry,

And short phone calls and long letters were all you had to talk

Back in the good ol’ days,

When social media was unheard of,

And teens would play outside,

And there were no phones to glue them to their seats,

And there was no pressure of posting, just walkmans, and roller skates

Back in the good ol’ days,

When the neighborhood was young and new,

And the pharmacies were where you ate

And supermarkets stood in place of Chick-fil-a,

And drive-in-movie-theaters replaced overpriced chains

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling

JK Rowling has a great way of connecting with readers of all ages and backgrounds. You can almost join Harry Potter and his friends on their journeys in each of the books. In this book, Harry Potter begins his journey by learning that he is a wizard! From there, he meets a half-giant, who is a stuttering, shuddering turban-wearing professor, a variety of brainy, clumsy and arrogant classmates, and the great headmaster of Hogwarts. It all comes together when Harry must save the wizarding world from an evil man who has done awful things in Harry’s own past…

*Visit wizardingworld.com/chapters to hear the book being read aloud by Daniel Radcliffe (plays Harry Potter in the movies), Tom Felton (plays Draco Malfoy in the movies) and others.