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Michelle Lewis

What do Candlelight, Dessert, and Woody Durham Have in Common?

Well, on September 23rd, the Triangle Radio Reading Service is honoring Woody Durham, “The Voice of the Tarheels,” at its “Dining by Candlelight: Dessert in the Dark” fundraiser. The Triangle Radio Reading Service (TRRS) provides live news and information to people who are visually and print impaired and live in a 20 county area of North Carolina. Currently TRRS produces and airs local programming from 7:30 AM until midnight daily and is on the air 24/7. With the assistance of 150 volunteer readers and technicians, broadcast of newspapers, magazines, books, and original programs are prepared daily, and made available to approximately 20,000 listeners in five different ways: (1) as an internet stream through www.trianglereadingservice.org; (2) via podcast downloads from the TRRS website; (3) via on-demand stream from the TRRS website; (4) on RTN Channel 22 in Raleigh and Channel 11 in Cary, Garner and Apex; and (5) over specially tuned SCA radio receivers provided by TRRS to listeners for use in their homes, in retirement facilities, hospitals, and assisted living centers. The radio signal is donated by North Carolina’s Public Radio, WUNC-FM. These broadcasts connect people who are blind and print impaired to each other, their community, and family by delivering news, information, and entertainment using the latest audio technology. Take a minute a visit their website — www.trianglereadingservice.org – and listen to some of the podcasts, including USA...

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Affordable Homes, Indian Food, and All That Jazz…

This Friday, September 9th, the Community Home Trust will rock the new Greenbridge building with cool jazz by mahaloJazz, Indian food by Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe, wine by Milltown, and interesting conversation by current and former mayors and council members, community volunteers, and, hopefully, you! The Community Home Trust’s mission is to sell and preserve affordable homes for low and moderate income families who live or work in Orange County. The Trust’s mission is particularly important in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, where the average price of a home puts it out of reach for many people who work in our community every day. The average home in Chapel Hill-Carrboro costs around $300,000, whereas the average Trust home sells for about $100,00.  The Home Trust enables those who serve our community to live in our community. The Trust’s homeowners teach our children, take care of our sick, police our roads, conduct lifesaving research, serve our vulnerable populations, drive our buses, and volunteer in our towns. The Trust currently has 194 permanently affordable homes. The homes are “permanently affordable” because when a homeowner decides to move out of the home, it goes back into the trust and then is resold at an affordable price. Yet 194 seems like a number that can, and should, be increased. That’s where you come in. Join the Community Trust this Friday for a little jazz, food, wine, and interesting conversation and help...

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If Helping Kids and Women is Your Passion…

Many of us lead very, very busy lives these days. We want to make a difference, but it is hard to choose where to focus our efforts. For those of us who are interested in charities that help local children and women, it seems that there are almost too many choices to consider (which is a good thing!) I have a possible solution for those of you who want to focus your efforts but still have a wide-ranging impact on the lives of children and women in our area. The solution is the Chapel Hill Service League. The League has been around for 72 years and partners with other local nonprofits to provide womenpower (volunteers) and other types of assistance. Last year, the League worked with numerous groups, including: NC Children’s Promise, Ronald McDonald House, SECU Family House, Communities in Schools, Beacon Child and Family Program, IFC Homestart, Dress for Success NC, UNC Horizons, and Kidzu Children’s Museum. By joining the Chapel Hill Service League, you can help children and women with lots of different kinds of needs. The League manages its own flagship project — Christmas House — in addition to assisting local nonprofits. Christmas House has provided a brighter holiday for 800+ local children for more than 50 years. Not familiar with Christmas House? Well, when the holiday season arrives and you see the Christmas trees at...

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MAYBE A FUTURE PRESIDENT, WITH YOUR HELP

What do President Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Senator George Mitchell, Bill Cosby, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, General Wesley Clark, and Denzel Washington all have in common?    As children, they all belonged to Boys & Girls Clubs like the one organizers hope to open at the Pine Knolls Community Center in Chapel Hill next year. www.bgcepnc.org  Their first major fundraiser – “Dancing with the Stars of Carolina” – will be held at the Carolina Inn on August 27th.   Boys and Girls Clubs provide children from challenging circumstances with the programming, mentors, and caring adults needed to help them as they grow into outstanding young men and women. http://www.bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx   Actor Denzel Washington, who is a strong advocate for the Boys & Girls Clubs across America, said the club to which he belonged was “where I learned how to play ball, how to focus and set my mind on a goal, where I learned about consequences and where I learned how to be a man.”  The Boys & Girls Clubs’ key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; and fitness and recreation.   The need for Boys & Girls Clubs is even greater now that federal budgets for after-school programs and programs for at-risk youth have been cut. Although even in the best years, government funding can never do it all. As...

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