Old North State Brass will perform a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Friday at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
There is no admission charge. Donations will support the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Peacemaking Scholarships, awarded each year to graduating high school seniors based on their activism, academic study and career goals related to non-violent conflict resolution and social justice.
Old North State Brass was organized in 2009. It performs a repertoire that encompasses classical, jazz, sacred and popular styles. Peter Boor is the brass ensemble’s director. He is a trumpet player and long-time high school and college band director from New Jersey. He and his wife, Linda, retired to the Triangle in 2006.
The ensemble is partial to arrangements that originally were written for the traditional British brass band instrumentation, or have been specially arranged for this smaller instrumental combination.
Old North State Brass performs with instruments that would be found in the typical British Brass Band: E-flat and B-flat cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba and a variety of percussion instruments.
The Oct. 3 concert will feature a variety of works for band, ranging from opera selections by Mozart and Rossini to such popular marches as St. Louis Blues March and American Patrol with solos on bass trombone, euphonium and tuba.
This will be the first in the annual series of music programs at United Church of Chapel Hill.
Faith communities and individuals from across the Triangle are invited to participate in a community-wide book reading of the award-winning “Troubled Minds: Mental Illness and the Church’s Mission.”
Coordinated by Faith Connections on Mental Illness, the goal is to open a dialogue within congregations on the often taboo subject of mental illness. The book’s author, Amy Simpson, will be the keynote speaker at Faith Connections fifth annual conference to be held in the spring.
St. Thomas More Catholic Church will kick off the inaugural book discussion group from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays from Oct. 7 through Nov. 18. Other faith communities in Chapel Hill and Durham will announce their schedules in weeks to come.
Individuals, regardless of faith affiliation, are welcome to attend any of the groups. Faith communities that wish to join the reading program may call Donna Olsen at 919-933-6302 to learn more.
Faith Connections on Mental Illness is an inter-faith coalition whose mission is to work with all faiths to welcome, include, support, educate and advocate for individuals and families who are living with mental illness.
This year’s Peacemaking Potluck at Hillsborough Presbyterian Church will feature a presentation by Dr. Ralph McCoy and his wife, Emily, on the Middle East Children’s Alliance.
They will talk about the Maia Project that helps provide drinking water through desalination to water-deprived families in the Palestinian Territory and Gaza.
Those who attend the event are asked to bring a dish to share and to contribute to a Peacemaking offering to support the work of the Alliance.
The 6 to 8 p.m. event is open to the the public. The church is located at 102 W. Tryon St.
St. Paul fundraiser
A fundraiser for the third annual St. Paul Village Community 5K Walk/Run is set for Oct. 11.
A donation of $12 will get a lunch meal prepared by the chef from Carrabba’s Italian Grill. The meal will include grilled chicken, penne pasta, Caesar salad, homemade dessert (pound cake, sweet potato pie or banana pudding) and a beverage.
Meals will be prepared and served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul AME Church, 101 N. Merritt Mill Road. Eat in or take out. Tickets are available from church members or by calling the church office.
The walk/run will be held at McDougle Middle School in Carrboro on March 7. Proceeds will primarily benefit St. Paul Village, a multi-use and multi-generational development that will offer amenities and resources and fellowship spaces.
The campus will be located at the corner of Rogers Road and Purefoy Drive.
A percentage of the proceeds from the event will be distributed to two local nonprofits. In the past donations have gone to Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, TABLE and Club Nova.
The Won Buddhist Temple will hold its ninth annual bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 11.
Korean food, a tea ceremony and short talks about Buddhism, meditation and chanting as well as live music will be offered.
A sampling of items for sale include books, baked goods, tea sets, meditation clothing and bells, prayer beads, incense, rice paper cards and crafts.
The public is invited to enjoy the festivities. For further information, call the temple at 919-933-6949 or visit wonbuddhismNC.org.
The temple is located at 8021 Old NC 86, one mile north of Calvander.
A conference on aging issues is being offered Friday, Oct. 10, by the senior adult council and health ministry committee of University United Methodist Church.
The event, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. will be held at Amity United Methodist Church, 825 N. Estes Drive.
The Rev. Manuel Wortman, minister of visitation at University United Methodist, will be the keynote speaker, discussing “A Plethora of Possibilities.”
Conference participants may choose to attend two of the four following workshops:
• “Will My Money Last as Long as I Do?” led by Nina Lloyd of OPUS Financial Advisors, this workshop will focus on how much it really costs to retire and will address common misconceptions.
• “Advance Directives,” led by the Rev. Linda Foster Momsen, will center on how people wish to be treated if seriously ill and how to share preferences with loved ones.
• “Healthy Aging: Are We?”, led by UMC faith community nurse Jane Campbell, is designed to help older adults look at their lifestyle and see how they can best achieve optimal health in mind, body and spirit.
• “Aging at Home,” led by Mary Fraser, director of aging transitions, Orange County Department of Aging, will inform about supportive resources available in the county to help those who prefer to stay at home rather than to move to a retirement community.
Interested folks should sign up for the conference by Oct. 6 by calling the church office at 919-929-7191. Be ready to rank your workshop preferences from 1 to 4.
Contact Flo Johnston at 910-361-4135 or at temporary email firstname.lastname@example.org.