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.
You can find out if you’re eligible and make appointments either online or by phone. Visit OrangeCountyNC.gov/aging/VITA.asp, or 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)
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.
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.
If you’re still unsure about the new federal Health Insurance Marketplace, UNC Family Medicine is holding a “Health Insurance Enroll-A-Thon” on Saturday, January 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officials will be on hand to answer questions and help you enroll.
The event will take place in the UNC Family Medicine Center at 590 Manning Drive. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit UNCFamilyMedicine.org.
The Orange County main library in Hillsborough is hosting an exhibition of folk art from January 24-March 24. It’s called “Road Trip: Folk Art from Mike’s Art Truck”—and it’s comprised of 20 pieces all created by self-taught artists.
Curators Greg and Karen Mack of Hillsborough will be on hand for a reception at the library on Saturday, February 1, from 2-5 p.m.
Orange County’s Department on Aging and the Friends of the Seymour Center are inviting you to attend a Celebration Concert honoring the memory of Pearl Seymour on Saturday, January 25.
The concert will take place at 3:00 p.m. at the Seymour Center on Homestead Road; admission is free. Immediately following the concert, there will be a reception and a silent auction, with proceeds going to benefit the Department on Aging and the Friends of the Seymour Center.
For more information about the concert, visit FriendsSeymourCenter.org.
Saturday, January 25, you’re invited to a free performance of actor Mike Wiley’s “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Public Library. The performance is co-presented by the library and the UNC Program in the Humanities, part of a community dialogue on the legacy of Jim Crow and its impact today.
There will be an audience discussion following the performance.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/weekend-oc-arts-concerts-tax-relief/
ORANGE COUNTY-The Orange County Public Library is welcoming local residents of all ages to use the summer months to dive into a new book.
On June 1, the library will begin registration for its “Dig Into Reading” summer program. Different literary selections are available for childrens, teens, and adults. All participants must have a current Orange County Public Library card, and any OC resident can obtain one free of charge. The program will also include the opportunity for its younger readers to earn prizes such as bookmarks and stickers. Teens and adults will also be able to enter drawings for prizes, such as gift certificates and Kindle Fire e-reader tablets.
Registration for “Dig Into Reading” will run through the end of July. For more information, click here.
Members of the Hillsborough Arts Council would like to remind local residents that their meetings are open to the public. During the meetings, local residents have the opportunity to learn about what the Council does, give feedback on its current programs, or suggest new programs. The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month, and the next meeting is set for the evening of June 4 beginning at 6:30 at 102 N Churton Street in Hillsborough.
The Hillsborough Arts Council members would also like to announce that they are accepting applications for those who would like to set up vendor booths during this season’s Last Fridays events. On the last Friday of each month from April to September, the Council hosts a gala event on the front lawn of Hillsborough’s historic Old Courthouse, including a different local band each week. Non-profit organizations are eligible to participate as vendors, along with local artists. All applications for a particular month’s Last Friday event must be submitted by the 21st of that month. To fill out an application, click here.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-time/time-to-dig-into-reading-hillsborough-arts-council-accepting-last-fridays-applications/