Congratulations to Desaray Rockett, Judith Blau, and Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe–winners of this year’s Pauli Murray Awards.
The Orange County Human Relations Commission gives out the Pauli Murray Awards each year to a youth, an adult, and a business in Orange County “who serve the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.”
This year’s winners were honored at a ceremony on Sunday, February 23, at 3:00 in the Central Orange Senior Center. Also honored were Judah Kalb and Nathan Bell – both students at Smith Middle School, and both winners of the Orange County Human Relations Commission’s 2013 Student Essay Contest.
As part of a class on African American Studies, Kalb and Bell wrote about the lasting impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Kalb won first place in the essay contest; Bell took second.
UNC has honored Roberto G. Quercia, chair of the City and Regional Planning department, with the university’s 2013 C. Felix Harvey Award.
Awarded by the Provost’s office, the honor recognizes “exemplary faculty scholarship that reflects one of UNC’s top priorities and addresses a real-world challenge.” It includes a $75,000 prize, which Quercia will use to develop the Bridges2Success Scholar Athlete Support Program, an academy that trains middle and high school coaches to promote academic success among male athletes of color.
To learn more about the program, visit Bridges2Success.org.
You’re invited to the annual meeting of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carolina Inn.
Speakers will include Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue and Al Bowers, the owner of Al’s Burger Shack.
Before there were art museums and science museums, there were “Cabinets of Curiosities”: densely packed rooms where scholars and nobles displayed rare and fascinating items from shells to gems to old relics and bizarre devices.
Now, UNC’s Wilson Library is celebrating those old exhibits with an exhibit of its own, “Rooms of Wonder,” on display through April 20. The exhibit features rare books and catalogs from the old rooms–as well as items from the UNC Rare Book Collection’s own “cabinet of curiosities,” including ancient Babylonian tablets, an Egyptian papyrus roll, and an “Incan record-keeping device consisting of intricately knotted threads.”
The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 5, you’re invited to campus for a free screening of the documentary “Breaking Through,” chronicling the stories of LGBT elected officials across the country–including Tammy Baldwin, the first openly gay U.S. Senator.
The film begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in UNC’s FedEx Global Education Center. Director/producer Cindy Abel and editor Michael Bruno will be on hand, and the film will be followed by a panel discussion featuring North Carolina’s LGBT elected officials–including Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle, Town Council member Lee Storrow, Alderman Damon Seils, and State Representative Marcus Brandon.
You can watch the trailer online at BreakingThroughMovie.com.
Chapel Hill Tire Car Care Center just completed a successful canned food drive, collecting nearly 1,000 cans of food for the IFC by offering customers a $10 discount on oil changes if they brought in four cans of food.
IFC officials say those cans will be used to help about 450 different families in the area.
To learn how you can donate, visit IFCWeb.org.
Chatham Habitat for Humanity is teaming up with the MassMutual Life Insurance Company to give away free $50,000 term life insurance policies to benefit children of working families in Pittsboro.
You are eligible to apply if you’re a permanent legal U.S. resident of good health between the ages of 19 and 42, with a total family income between $10,000 and $40,000, and a parent or legal guardian of a child under 18.
You can apply at a one-day public event on Saturday, March 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Chatham Habitat for Humanity office at 467 West Street in Pittsboro.
You’re invited to explore the history of Hillsborough on Saturday, March 8, with a one-hour guided walking tour hosted by the Alliance of Historic Hillsborough.
The tour begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Hillsborough Visitors Center and winds through the center of the Piedmont’s oldest town, visiting schoolhouses, old homes and cemeteries along the way.
Tickets are $5 per person; children under 12 are free.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/honors-tours-curiosities/
CHAPEL HILL - This weekend brings the third annual “Mixed Concrete” art auction to Chapel Hill, with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Featuring local artists working with a variety of materials, the show runs from Friday to Sunday, January 24-26, at TRU Deli + Wine Bar on the corner of Rosemary and Henderson. There will be an opening reception on Friday at 7:00 p.m.
To see some of the art online or to donate to the cause, visit MixedConcrete.org.
From now through March, the Hillsborough Arts Council is offering walking tours of the town’s sculptures. The guided tour is called “Take A Closer Look;” it will focus on four of the six sculptures that have been on display since last April.
Tours begin at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery on N. Churton Street, at 1:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday. The tours are free (though donations are accepted), and they last one to one and a half hours.
With tax season officially upon us, Orange County is once again offering the RSVP-VITA tax preparation service for low- to middle-income residents in need of assistance this year
“VITA” is short for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. It’s a free program sponsored by the IRS. It begins in February in Orange and Chatham Counties.
To make an appointment by phone, call:
Orange County: 919.245.4242 (English)
Orange County: 919.245.2010 (Spanish)
Compass Center for Women and Families: 919.968.4610 (English only)
Chatham County: 919.542.4512 (Angel Dennison)
Chatham County: 919.742.1448 (Spanish)http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/habitats-mixed-concrete-vita-hillsboroughs-take-closer-look/
CHAPEL HILL – Take a drive through Chapel Hill’s historic Northside neighborhood and you’ll experience “A Brush With Kindness”.
Saturday, your neighbors in Northside held a celebration for work done by Habitat for Humanity.
“A Brush with Kindness is an exterior repair program through Habitat, and the Northside community has kind of organized itself,” Community Development Manager, Adwoa Asare, said.” With the help of the Jackson center and the University they said they are in need of exterior home repair.”
Habitat held a dedication Saturday to its “A Brush with Kindness” program.
Habitat received funding for this project from the Town of Chapel Hill’s Town’s Affordable Housing Fund. Using this money, Habitat has worked with several houses in the area to improve the exterior.
“This is our fourth repair we’ve done in the Northside community since April, so April was the first two repairs that we did,” Asare said. “We did another one last month and this is our fourth, and we’re hoping to do five before September. We’ve gotten funding from the Town of Chapel Hill, 25,000 dollars to do five a Brush for Kindness repairs for Northside and Pine Knolls”
Habitat worked in partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill, the Jackson Center, and UNC’s Good Neighbor Initiative. Asare said many of the volunteers for this project came from the neighborhoods around Northside and UNC.
UNC’s Good Neighbor Intitiative works with residents and students to improve the communication and contact between them. Director of Fraternity and Sorority life in community involvement, Aaron Bachenheimer, said it’s taken a team effort to put the project together.
“We’ve certainly, along with the Jackson center, I would say our office has been one of the primary organizations that has helped look for volunteers” Bachenheimer said.
Volunteers from the area and members worked for three days to improve the house of life-long resident Janie Alston.
Alston said she was very pleased to have the help of Habitat to make repairs to her home and she thanked them during the celebration. Along with a prayer from her church, Alston was given a new bible from Habitat for Humanity.
Habitat for Humanity is always looking for new volunteers or people to donate to their cause. They have currently been working to improve Northside, Pineknolls, and Roger’s Road.http://chapelboro.com/news/development/habitat-celebrates-a-brush-with-kindness/
How do you feel about this accomplishment?