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POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 26, 2010 Page5 Town Fair Tire World of Wheels Features Debby Ryan, Bailey on Disney Channel "Suite Life on Deck" The Disney Channel's "Suite Life on Deck" comes to the Town Fair Tire World of Wheels in the person of Debby Ryan, who plays Bailey Pickett on the hit sitcom. Ryan will make a personal appearance at the show to sign free autographs and pose for pictures with spectators on Saturday, March 13, 1-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. The Town Fair Tire World of Wheels show runs throughout the March 12-14 weekend at Boston's Bayside Expo Center. The Town Fair Tire World of Wheels, holder of Bayside's weekend attendance record, each year attracts local creators of custom vehicles of all types, representing millions of dollars worth of one-of-a-kind hot rods, customs, street rods, collectibles, race cars, antiques, restorations, tuners and more. The show also always offers spectators the chance to meet and get free autographs from celebrities, to see specialty vehicle exhibits and to be entertained by many other attractions for the whole family. Ryan started acting in theater at her pri- vate school. When she moved to Germany at age 7, she become involved in profes- sional theater, going to the theater straight from school and usually staying late, finish- ing her homework and studying in between her scenes. She says her love for acting became evident only when she started sacrificing to act, and at age 10, back in America, she realized she wanted to act full- time. In 2008 she landed the role of Bailey Pickett on the Disney Channel's "The Suite Life on Deck," but her acting career got started in 2007, when she was a guest char- acter in "Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse." She also has starred in the Ice Cube movie "The Longshots." She can perform modern, hip hop and military dances. Also making personal aj~pearances at the show will be television and movie star and director Henry "Fonzie" Winkler, WWE diva Melina and UFC superstar Rich Franklin. The 7-foot-tall Comic Bot singing and dancing robots will perform all week- end. Special automotive exhibits will in- clude Drag City USA and Motorama. Drag City USA will feature Kalitta's '67 Bounty Hunter, Prudhomme's '70 Wynns Winder and Garlits' '60 Swamp Rat Ill, '62 Swamp Rat IV and '66 Swamp Rat VIII. Motorama will show off traditional rods, customs and bobbers not seen at other Boston-area car shows. Spectators also will be able to shop an automotive memorabilia and toy show and East Coast Championship Wrestling and Boston Derby Dames roller derby demon- strations will be staged in the show's Ac- tion Arena all weekend. Appearance and demonstration times are available at www. Thirty-sixth annual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels show hours are Friday, March 12, 5-10:30 p.m., Saturday, March 13, 10 a.m.- 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 14, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Discount coupons for $2 off adult and children's tickets will be available at par- ticipating Town Fair Tire stores. Boston's Bayside Expo Center is located off 1-93 at Columbia Road and a short walk from the MBTA Red Line's JFK/UMass stop. Free shuttles will run to and from the T stop dur- ing show hours. Advance tickets and up-to- date show information are available online at Wed Ge ge by Sal Giarratani 0 Yvonne, an elderly woman who enjoys go- ing for walks in her North End neighborhood, recently suffered a stroke and now has a hard time getting out on her own. Thanks to a quiet but effective organization in Bos- ton, Yvonne feels blessed. That organization is FriendshipWorks (formerly MATCH-UP Interfaith Volunteers) and it provides so- cially isolated elders and disabled adults with friendship, advocacy and emotional support. Yvonne's "gift" from FriendshipWorks is Jessica, a Nursing student at Boston College who visits with Yvonne and accompanies her on walks around the city. Jessica helps Yvonne with her daily errands -- shopping at CVS, going to the bank, visiting Yvonne's "meat," "cheese," or "bread guy," and tak- ing trips to the library to pick out new audio books. She also accompanies Yvonne to mass at St. Leonard's on Fridays, to lunch at a local pizza shop, and for pastries from the Modern bakery. Yvonne says that Jessica "seems to understand what [she] needs" and reminds her of her granddaugh- ter. Yvonne also enjoys the opportunity to show Jessica around the North End, a neigh- borhood she's called home for 12 years. And don't kid yourself- this is a two way street. Jessica describes her relationship with Yvonne as a "great match" -- the two share a faith in God, have mutual experi- ences with nursing, and have grown closer over the course of their relationship. Jessica says her visits with Yvonne allow her to "for- get about [hersell] for a bit and feel like [she's] doing something real for someone else". Jessica goes on to explain what a positive example Yvonne is for her -- "somehow, she managed to raise a family, work, and vol- unteer, and someday I'd like to be someone like Yvonne." Yvonne had previously volunteered with FriendshipWorks in the office and as a "friendly visitor," providing assistance and companionship to a woman who lived down the street from her. Now living in senior housing herself, and following some recent health setbacks, Yvonne has called on FriendshipWorks to return the favor. Jessica's support gives Yvonne the neces- sary confidence and peace of mind she needs to get out for walks around her neigh- borhood. The difference a pair of helping hands can make is astounding: On one warm summer day, Jessica and Yvonne took a walk to the public library in Copley Square. The two got lost and ended up spending a couple hours walking until they finally reached their destination. Jessica recalls: "I emailed Yvonne the next day to make sure she was doing alright. It was a long walk, and my legs were KILLING me ... so I figured that she was exhausted. Her re- sponse? 'I'm feeling greatl Did I tire you out yesterday?.' Well, yes, Yvonne, you did! She's just incredible." Yvonne and Jessica's friendship is one of many made possible by FriendshipWorks. Under the name MATCH-UP Interfaith Vol- unteers for the past 25 years, Friendship- Works has been serving socially isolated elders and disabled adults in Greater Boston since 1984. FriendshipWorks recruits and trains volunteers of all ages, faiths and backgrounds to provide friendship, advocacy, education, assistance and emotional sup- port. We match volunteers with elders to provide friendly visitation and help with tasks of daily living - the kind of "services" that often lead to long-term friendships and translate into immeasurable health benefits. We provide escorts to important medical appointments and advocate for necessary health care. We offer the heal- ing joy of pet visitation to residents of nurs- ing homes and provide help with exercises that improve balance and physical health. Finally, we offer our friendly visiting and medical escort services in both English and Spanish to Boston's Latino population. We currently have 200 volunteers like Jessica providing friendship and support for those who need it most. If you're interested in supporting FriendshipWorks through volunteering your time or giving a donation, please contact Lois Waller at 617-482-1510 or You can find us online at My niece Danikka recently married George Moses. Shown in photo: Danikka Giarratani Moses, George Moses, George's daughter Jackie and Danikka's son Jacob Schaefer.