The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist will present a new adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” on Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Curtain time on Friday is at 7:30 p.m. and on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Alcott’s book, published in 1868, has remained in print ever since and has been translated into 51 languages.
The adaptation of the novel for the stage is by playwright Marisha Chamberlain.
Many cast members are young but have had significant experience on the stage. Miranda Straubel, who plays Jo March, the heroine who is utterly unlike the demure, pious, delicate and boringly proper characters of 19th century novels, has been active in the Young People’s Performing Company in Durham for 11 years.
The show is directed by Mami Goldshlag who has worked with the Durham Theatre Guild and directed “The Diary of Anne Frank” at the church in 2014.
Tickets for “Little Women” are $12 for adults, $8 for youth 18 and under. Tickets are available in advance on the church’s web site or at the door.
The church is located at 106 Purefoy Road in Chapel Hill.
Students, graduates, and community members will come together on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to host a survivor of the Holocaust at UNC.
Holocaust survivor to speak
Rabbi Zalman Bluming and the Chabad Student Board will host Rabbi Nissen Mangel during “An Evening with A Holocaust Survivor,” to raise awareness of the Holocaust, and to honor to all those who died. Chabad has partnered with over 12 student, college, and community organizations.
“The Holocaust taught, and teaches us, that we must never forget the past, and that we can never let history repeat itself in such a manner,” said Samantha Pompeo, Chabad Student Group president. “In today’s news, where we hear of people being singled out and persecuted, we must remember the grave dangers of remaining silent.”
Mangel will share his story beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the Genome Sciences Building, Room 100. Only 10 years old when he came to Auschwitz, Mangel evaded the gas chamber and survived three encounters with Dr. Josef Mengele, known for choosing who would be killed in the gas chambers and for performing unscientific and deadly experiments on children
“There are ever fewer opportunities to hear from the survivors themselves, as there are so few left, some 70 years after the War,” said Bluming, director of the Chabad of Durham-Chapel Hill. “Rabbi Nissen Mangel has an extraordinary story of survival, faith and triumph. From being a very young inmate at Auschwitz to the final death march, he survived against all odds to live a life of communal leadership and extraordinary scholarly achievement and contribution to the Jewish community. We are very honored and fortunate to have him here, and I encourage everyone to be part of this historic event.”
Health care advice
The public is invited to attend a program on affordable health-care options with the ACA Health Exchange (Obamacare), Medicare A, B and part D, and find out about many other ways to receive discounted medical, pharmacy and dental services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Advice and help with enrollment will be offered on site. This event is presented by Piedmont Health Services and Orange County SHIIP. All welcome.
Organ and hymn sing
A worship event built around the theme of Christ the King will feature a hymn sing enhanced by festive organ settings and will be held at 4 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 12. The church is located at 1004 N. Mangum St. in Old North Durham.
The service is co-sponsored by the Durham-Chapel Hill Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Grace Baptist.
The organ settings for the hymns were written by David Durkop, minister of music at Grace Baptist. The service will also include Scripture readings and hymns alternating with anthems sung by area church choirs.
The finale by the massed choir will be “One Great Fellowship of Love,” composed by Zollene Reinner and conducted by Dr. Daniel Steinert, minister of music at Christ United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill.
Big yard sale
A Community Yard Sale at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village, Chapel Hill, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, will support state residents suffering in the aftermath of hurricane Matthew.
Proceeds will go directly to the Robeson County Church & Community Center in hard-hit Lumberton. In addition, selected sale items will be delivered to that distribution facility the following week.
Clothes for all ages, small furniture, toys and household items as well as cleaning supplies will be sold.
Tastes of the Season
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham, is holding Tastes of the Season, a holiday extravaganza featuring wines, delicious food, a silent auction and holiday gift ideas from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.
The silent auction includes a weekend beach retreat for 20, a private wine tasting by The Wine Cellar and a night-out for two at PlayMakers Repertory Company on the UNC campus.
Holiday gift ideas include crystal to complete any table setting, a custom knit item for a special child and delectable English toffee for a sweet surprise.
Reserve a table for $150, eight guests or buy individual tickets at $25.
Holocaust novel talk
Scott Blumenthal will discuss his Holocaust-era novel “The Kiss” at Kehillah Synagogue in Chapel Hill at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 13. He is the first speaker in a three-part book series.
“The Kiss” tells the story of musical prodigies the Rovner Klezmorim, who travel across Europe trying to lift a besieged people out of darkness with their playing.
Blumenthal has written numerous children’s books, including “A Kid’s Mensch Handbook” and “The Great Israel Scavenger Hunt.”
As part of this “People of the Book” series, Kelly Alexander, a member of the synagogue, will discuss her “Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook” at 7 p.m. March 23 and May 16, 2017.
These events will be held at Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road.
Two evenings of music and sacred sound are coming up at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, Chapel Hill.
On Wednesday, Nov. 16, performers Armand and Angelina will present “A Night at the P’opera” as part of the center’s “Night Alive!” lineup. The show starts at 7 p.m.
On Thursday, Nov. 17, the duo will offer a Native Flute Playshop from 7 to 9 p.m. in which participants will learn how simple this enticing instrument is to master. A $20 suggested offering includes playshop handout and certificate of completion.
Clare Hanrahan, a peace advocate and author of “The Half Life of a Free Radical: Growing up Irish Catholic in Jim Crow Memphis” will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, at the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. and at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at Church of Reconciliation, 110 N. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. These events include book signings and sales.
The author lives in Asheville.