The People’s Channel Summer Camps

The public access television station and media learning center, The People’s Channel, is an organization based out of Chapel Hill that provides opportunities to contribute to the community through media.

The goal of The People’s Channel is to “advance democratic ideals by giving area residents and local non-profits an avenue to share their ideas, and news and views, exercise free speech rights.”

“We broadcast people’s content in the community, but we also teach classes and provide the equipment to our producers and members to make shows that air on our station,” says Executive Director of The People’s Channel and Durham Community Media, Axel Foley. “That equipment is offered for free, as long as you are making content that can air on the station.”

At its creation, back in the early 1990’s, a group of Chapel Hill residents saw that there was a need for public access information. To fill this need, The People’s Channel was founded as a non-profit organization by Eva Metzger, Robert Gwyn, and Vimala Rajendran.

The People’s Channel additionally offers summer camps for kids between the ages of 12 and 17 to participate hands-on in how to create various forms of media, such as their very own films and television shows

“We teach kids how to make movies themselves,” says Foley. “We are not behind the camera, we are not editing; the kids do everything. They act, they shoot, they direct, they write. It is a way of learning to do these movies on their own, but they do have our help.”

There will also be an event for the 2014 Summer Camp Scholarship Fundraiser taking place Sunday, June 22nd at 1 pm, at Vimala’s Curryblossom Café.

For more information on The People’s Channel, click here.

Who Said Summer is Relaxing?

I’m hardly in that blush of youth (first or otherwise) but, up until this summer, I think I still had some sort of romanticized view of summer.  Even if I wasn’t partaking, I’d picture lemonade by a lake or sailboats at sunset.  I’d imagine less schedule pressure and fewer demands, but it seems as though those may be fantasies brought on by too much viewing of the Norman Rockwell exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art a few years back.  

I don’t know about you but it seems like I run twice as hard during the summer.  Part of the problem is that week to week, I don’t know where I’m supposed to be.  Not only where.   But when am I supposed to be where?  This would be problematic if only a bunch of adults were awaiting my arrival but generally I’m checking a spreadsheet to find out which summer program is hosting my son on any given week and its particular schedule.

Each week also has different requirements for lunch and snacks.  Refrigerated or not.  Send money or not.  Plan to be at a culminating event or not.  Does it involve finding a sleeping bag?  What about goggles and a towel?  Sunscreen?  Bug spray?  Both?  Will he re-apply?  

I know the tired joke that parents are glad to have kids return to school because school will have them but I’ll be glad to have school return because I know the rules.  And because I’m tired, not just the joke.  

As usual, I have to find a way to rationalize fitting this bit of musing under the heading of Savvy Spending.  So why don’t you help me?  Tell me how you spend your summer and if you’ve managed to find the sweet spot of serenity in yours.  Leave a comment below or write to me at