Chapel Hill – The Music Maker Roots and Leaves “Music Before the Movies” series is takes place again this year for the month of June.  On Friday nights starting at 6:00 p.m. the Music Maker Relief Organization keeps alive the many genres of tradition southern music free of charge.

Thanks to the grants from the Strowd Foundation, the Mary Biddle Duke foundation, and Bryan Properties this event is free to public.  The event takes place weekly at the Village Green in the Southern Village community. The past two performances have been ‘From the Delta to the Bayou’ with Ben Payton and Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen and ‘Carolina Blues and Gospel’ with Boo Hanks and The Branchettes.

This Friday The Music Maker Roots and Leaves will be featuring Red Rover, Captain Luke, and Big Ron.

For more information on The Music Maker Roots and Leaves, click here.


Every Saturday, Carrboro’s finest and freshest produce and goods are available at the farmers’ market from 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon. The farmers’ market is known as a great place to view the offerings of local area farmers or to spend time and look around. The Carrboro Farmer’s Market is also currently open on Wednesday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If the Carrboro farmer’s market is too far, there are plenty of other ones in the area, all open on Saturdays. The Chapel Hill farmer’s market, Hillsborough farmer’s market, and the EnoRiver farmer’s market in Durham are open from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. In Efland, the farmers’ market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and has some specialty arts and crafts.

The farmers’ markets are a great way to find local produce in the area, but also have other events like live music at the Hillsborough farmers’ market.

For more information on the farmers’ markets in the area, click here.


Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has received honors by the AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management as one of the best employers for workers over 50.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s commitment to creating an all-inclusive culture that celebrates and encourages diversity led to the creation of Employee Network programs.

For workers over 50, BCBSNC created the Golden Blues Employee Network, which offers a variety of programs and workshops meant to benefit employees over 50.  Innovative programs like the one BCBSNC has been using adds them to the list of the top 50 employers for workers over 50.

For more information on the AARP’s list of 2013 best employers visit