’47 Meters’ is intense, action-packed

By Kaitlyn Parham
Times-News correspondent


Mandy Moore, left, and Claire Holt pose for a portrait at the "47 Meters Down" junket at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. [Photo by Ron Eshel/Invision/The Associated Press

“47 Meters Down” is a thrilling depiction of the horrors that accompany a recreational activity in paradise gone wrong. This realistic fiction film is guaranteed to leave all viewers on the edge of their seats with a racing heart rate.
Sisters Lisa (Mandy Moore) and Kate (Claire Holt) relax on an exotic vacation on the coast of Mexico. Just days after being dumped by her boyfriend who claimed that she was too boring and lackluster, Lisa sought adventure that would prove herself to her ex as bold and dauntless. Although the movie’s beginning is considerably predictable and rather shallow, the plot intensifies as the two siblings embark on a deep-sea encounter with some of the most dangerous oceanic dwellers — great white sharks.
Suspense is established as the girls travel farther and farther from the shore on a rusty boat that seems highly unprofessional. But when everything goes awry, the once-fascinating encounter turns out to be an inescapable nightmare for the sisters, scared for their lives. They soon find themselves helpless and alone, 47 meters below the ocean’s surface, read more…

‘Heart’ of environmental education

By Chandler Holland
Times-News correspondent

A heart-based environmental educator training workshop takes place at the Eco-Institute at Pickards Mountain in Chapel Hill. [Inda Luciano / Special to the Times-News

In 2005, Megan and Tim Toben founded the Eco-Institute at Pickards    Mountain in Chapel Hill  based on their concern for the future, and desire  to move toward a life-sustaining society with a  deeper human-earth  relationship. Since then, this local center has grown into a vibrant  community  embracing all walks of life and ages. Each member brings a  love for the earth, creativity, passion and  something unique to share.
Their educational farm and ecological resilience-learning center reside on  38 breathtaking acres,  between Graham and Chapel Hill. The Eco-  Institute hosts a wide variety of programs, workshops,  field trips, seasonal  celebrations and camps throughout the year.
Their flagship program is a 10-week residential immersion Odyssey  Fellowship.
“The goal of this program is to cultivate an authentic, dedicated, growing   read more…

Educating the next generation

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent


Liam Russell and Keri Jones pose for a photo. [Keri Jones / Special to the Times-News

   Editor’s note: Career Callings is a monthly column that appears in Teens & 20s, as space allows. It follows    twenty-something Alamance County residents and their career paths.

Education has been a hot topic for a long time now, so those with the calling to go into battle and fight for the  education of future generations deserve recognition.
Keri Jones, a 2013 graduate from Western Alamance High School, felt the calling to educate and taken up the  challenge. Early childhood education is the field of choice that Jones has chosen.
Following a mission trip to Uganda, Jones said, “I went on that trip and it changed my perspective  completely. After that I just knew I was meant to work with and be around children.”
After completing the education classes required by her job from Alamance Community College (ACC), she has  been working in a day care. These important years of development help shape the mind of a child and aid in  bringing out their budding personalities. One of the most difficult aspects of early childhood education, Jones  said, is “ developing an appropriate communication level. I work with young kids just learning to talk so it’s  difficult for them to understand and communicate back sometimes.”
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