The Hillsborough Police Department is collecting toys for area children. New, unwrapped toys for children of all ages may be donated at the station, 127 N. Churton St. No toy weapons or candy accepted. The toys will be handed out during a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the station. Any child in Hillsborough may attend; each will receive a gift. For more information: bit.ly/2flVuYa.
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A blood drive for the American Red Cross is noon to 4:30 p.m. at the Hooker Building, 135 Dauer Drive, Chapel Hill. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org
Diabetes support group
The Diabetes Education and Support Group meets from 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays in the Gathering Room at University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. Free. Open to anyone who either has diabetes or has a friend or family member with the disease. For more information, email Diabetes.Group@yahoo.com.
Friends of the Downtown
Jane Wester, editor-in-chief of The Daily Tar Heel, discusses changes to the newspaper at the next Friends of the Downtown meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Franklin Hotel, 311 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public. 919-442-9000, franklinstreetusa.com
Art supply drive
FRANK Gallery is holding an art supply drive for the Oncology Expressive Arts Program at the North Carolina Cancer Hospital. Donations may be dropped off beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, at the gallery or during a special celebration of the program from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. For more information and a list of suggested art supply donations, go to frankisart.com.
Ten Thousand Villages in the Shops at Eastgate, 1800 E. Franklin St., donates 15 percent of sales from 4-8 p.m. to the Friends of the Seymour Senior Center. bit.ly/2fZLUft
The annual Christmas Parade begins at 7 p.m. in downtown Siler City. The route will travel down South Chatham, take a right onto Beaver Street to South Birch Street, then a left onto West Raleigh to Park Shopping Center, where it will end. ccucc.net
New Hope Audubon
New Hope Audubon Society meets from 7-9 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Brian Bockhahn, interpretation and education specialist with N.C. State Parks, will discuss “Birds of the N.C. State Parks: 100 Years.” Free and open to the public. newhopeaudubon.org
Courtney’s Drop in Kids Care will donate a portion of proceeds during December to the UNC Children’s Hospital. Courtney’s, 6118-D Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, also will offer complimentary child care to siblings of children being treated at the hospital in December. The child-care center opens Thursday, Dec. 1. An open house is 2-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11. dropinkidscare.com
Big Book Sale
The Big Book Sale, a fundraiser for Chapel Hill Public Library, is Friday, Dec. 2, to Sunday, Dec. 4, at the library, 100 Library Drive. The event kicks off from 3-5:30 p.m. Friday for members of the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library; memberships will be available at the door. The sale is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. The $5 bag sale is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4. bit.ly/2bSmt1e
Bad Movie Friday
Come laugh at the worst Hollywood has to offer at 4 p.m. in the Teen Room at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Free; snacks provided. For more information: bit.ly/2caHm5v.
▪ The Duke Teaching Observatory open house is 7-9 p.m. on Cornwallis Road. Free. bit.ly/2fDNbHM
▪ Representatives from Morehead Planetarium bring their high-powered telescopes for a close-up look at the night sky from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Little River Regional Park, Rougemont. Free. bit.ly/1L1QYaX
Carrboro Recreation holds a Zumba program from 7:30-9 p.m. at Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Cost: $3 per person. For more information, call 919-918-7364.
Bird walk, stream watch
New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. in front of Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water; wear long pants and walking shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Norm Budnitz at email@example.com.
Also, the society is sponsoring a stream water quality monitoring event at 9 a.m. at several sites on New Hope Creek. To participate, email John Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Nov. 30.
A Medicare Open Enrollment Clinic is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill. Free; no appointments required. Sponsored by the Orange County Department on Aging and the North Carolina Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. Those attending are asked to bring all current medications, Medicare card and any other insurance or drug cards. For more information, call 919-968-2070 or go to bit.ly/2dZ2ONJ.
The 13th annual Christmas Holiday Shoppe is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Friends and Family Hall at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. Free admission. Proceeds benefit St. Thomas More Catholic School. stmcsnc.org
The 10th annual Elf Fair is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carrboro ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St. more than 40 local vendors will be on site. The event also will feature children’s activities, music, food, films and more. Free admission. For more information and a list of vendors, go to bit.ly/2fgQG81.
The “Light up the Night” Hometown Holiday Parade begins at 4:45 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough. The route will travel south on Churton Street from Corbin Street to Margaret Lane. No parking will be allowed on Churton beginning at noon.
Churton will be closed at 4:30 p.m. between U.S. 70/N.C. 86 North and U.S. 70-A. South Cameron Street at East King Street also will be closed at 4:30 p.m., closing access to East Margaret Lane. The streets are scheduled to reopen shortly after the parade ends. For more information and a parking map, go to bit.ly/2ggoYI3.
Animal services events
Orange County Animal Services’ annual Home for the Holidays pet events feature adoption specials, a canned pet food drive and photos with Santa. A dog adoption event is Saturday, Dec. 3, during the “Light up the Night” Hometown Holiday Parade at 4:45 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough. bit.ly/1LAdOFr
▪ Unopened cans of cat and dog food can be dropped off through Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Animal Services Center, 1601 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill. The pet food will be delivered to pet owners in need by Orange Congregations in Mission and Carrboro/Chapel Hill Meals on Wheels. Those donating four or more cans will receive a ticket for a free photo with Santa on Dec. 17.
▪ Another dog adoption event is Saturday, Dec. 10, at the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Holiday Parade.
▪ Pictures with Santa is noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Animal Services Center. Pets welcome. Cost: Four or more cans of donated pet food.
▪ Discount pet adoption rates – $60 dogs, $50 cats – are available through Saturday, Dec. 31
The Hillsborough holiday tree lighting ceremony begins at the end of the Holiday Parade, about 6:30 p.m., on the lawn of the Old Courthouse on King Street. Free. Donations for Toys for Tots will be accepted. bit.ly/2f8AWCF
The 51st annual Open Sing of Handel’s “Messiah” is 7 p.m. in the Parish Activity Center at Newman Catholic Student Center, 214 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. Free and open to the public. Participants are asked to bring their own score. For more information: 919-942-2152.
The Hillsborough Arts Council’s Parlor Concert fundraiser is 8 p.m. at the home of Bill and Diff Whitmore in Hillsborough. Celebrated guitarist Will McFarlane and his wife, Janet, will perform. Tickets: $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Tickets are available at the Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop, the Eno Gallery or online at bit.ly/2fc8tyM.
Daytime parking is free every Saturday in December at town-owned parking lots and metered parking in downtown Chapel Hill. After 5 p.m., normal rates will be charged at Wallace Deck and the Rosemary/Columbia Lot. All public parking is free Saturday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 31. Public parking is free year-round on Sundays. bit.ly/2fDfeKF
▪ The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is open 9 a.m. to noon in the Carrboro Town Commons beside Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. The market will remain open during renovations to the Town Commons, which are scheduled to begin in December. carrborofarmersmarket.com
▪ The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market is open 9 a.m. to noon outside University Place, 201 S. Estes Drive. thechapelhillfarmersmarket.com
▪ The Hillsborough Farmers’ Market is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Hillsborough campus of UNC Hospitals, 430 Waterstone Drive. hillsboroughfarmersmarket.org
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▪ Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center offers a free Restorative Yoga class for anyone affected by cancer from 9:30-11 a.m. Sundays at Blue Point Yoga Studio, 2816 Erwin Road, Durham. 919-401-9333.
▪ Meet to send books to people in prison 1-4 p.m. Sundays at 2811 Hillsborough Road, Durham. prisonbooks.info.
▪ Overeaters Anonymous meets 4-5 p.m. Sundays at Carrboro United Methodist Church, 200 Hillsborough Road. 919-360-3789.
▪ Breastfeeding Cafe, an informal drop-in for breastfeeding moms, is 10-11 a.m. Mondays at the Red Hen, University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive.
▪ A yoga class by the UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program for people with cancer, caregivers and cancer survivors is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mondays at Carolina Pointe II, 6011 Farrington Road. Each class costs $5. unclineberger.org.
▪ Women 55 and older walk trails in Meadowmont at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. 919-967-4054, firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ Anorexia Bulimia Anonymous, a 12-step program for people with eating disorders, meets 7-8 p.m. Mondays in room 17 at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive, Chapel Hill. triangleaba.wix.com/meeting.
▪ Overeaters Anonymous meets from 7-8 p.m. Mondays at Carrboro United Methodist Church, 200 Hillsborough Road: 919-259-2843. Meetings are also held from 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen United Methodist Church, U.S. 15-501: 919-933-1355. Another group meets 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursdays at Carrboro United Methodist Church, 200 Hillsborough Road. This group meets in the white building beside the main church building, directly across from Looking Glass Cafe.
▪ Gamblers Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. Mondays at Amity United Methodist Church, 825 Estes Drive. Call Tom at 919-460-9039.
▪ A 12-step program for relatives and friends of addicts meets 8-9 p.m. Mondays at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3638 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. 919-596-2915, nar-anon.org.
▪ Cornucopia House Cancer Support Center offers a free Restorative Yoga class for anyone affected by cancer from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. 919-401-9333.
▪ A needlework group that creates knitted and crocheted items for charities meets 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, in Meeting Room A or C. email@example.com.
▪ Residents 50 and up play bingo from 2-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-918-7364.
▪ A Meditation 101 class introduces beginners to meditation from 7-8:15 p.m. every Tuesday at Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 W. Rosemary St., Suite E, Carrboro. Walk-ins are welcome. meditationinchapelhill.org, KosalaEPC@gmail.com.
▪ The Chapel Hill Zen Center hosts a recovery group with a Buddhist perspective on 12-step programs at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 5322 N.C. 86. Meetings begin with 20 minutes of silent meditation. 919-265-7600, ZenandRecovery@gmail.com.
▪ The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance support group meets from 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Binkley Baptist Church, 1712 Willow Drive. 919-533-9510.
▪ The Optimist Club of Chapel Hill meets at 5:30 p.m. on the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month at the Bob Evans restaurant, 5419 Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. New members are welcome.
▪ The People of Color Meditation Group meets 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at the Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 N.C. 86. For details, email Conal or Kriti: firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ An introduction to Buddhist philosophy, psychology and meditation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kosala Buddhist Center, 711 W. Rosemary St., Suite E, Carrboro. meditationinchapelhill.org, KosalaEPC@gmail.com.
▪ The Planting Seeds Sangha group meets to study and practice the Buddha’s teachings on mindfulness and meditation from 7:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Church of the Advocate, 8410 Merin Road, Chapel Hill. Newcomers are welcome and no experience is necessary. plantingseedssangha.wix.com/chapel-hill-nc
▪ Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon Fridays at the United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. foodaddicts.org.
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