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Orange County briefs

Register for free parenting classses

The Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program of Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), will offer a free parent skills course for six consecutive Tuesdays, beginning 6 TO 8 P.M. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the Durham Coopertive Exchange, 721 Foster St., Durham.

The series, Common Sense Parenting, is an evidence based parent strengths building series developed by the renown Boys Town and will teach parents effective skills in family communication, discipline, boundary setting, decision-making, relationships, self-control, school success and more.

This course will be offered in English with Spanish translation. All training materials are provided, including a loaner book issued the first night of class. Participants must register by Monday, Oct., 6, contacting the instructor, Ana Velasquez, at 919-519-2406 or email

Free fraud-protection workshop Wednesday

The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to a free seminar entitled “Don’t be a Victim of Financial Fraud, be Money Smart.”

The forum will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Central Orange Senior Center, 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough. To register call 919-245-2015

According to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), older Adults are prime targets for financial exploitation, which can result in the loss of the ability to live independently, decline in health, broken trust, and fractured families.Attendees will learn important information and tips for identifying and preventing fraud, identity theft and other types of elder financial exploitation. They will also receive a free participant/resource guide, Money Smart for Older Adults: Prevent Financial Exploitation, published by the FDIC and the Consumer Financial Protections Bureau.

The seminar will include presentations by Caroline Farmer, deputy director, Victims and Citizens Section, N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s Office; John Maron, director, Investor Education Program, N.C. Department of the Secretary of State, Securities Division; and Stephanie Bias, coordinator, Senior Medicare Patrol, N.C. Department of Insurance.

Dog adoption fees cut in half during October

Orange County Animal Services is inviting the public to participate in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by taking advantage of reduced adoption fees for select dogs throughout the month of October.

In celebration of this annual event, Animal Services has reduced the adoption fee for all adult dogs and puppies by half, making the fee for these fully vaccinated, spayed/neutered and vet checked dogs $60.

As an added bonus, Animal Services will feature select dogs and puppies on its Facebook page throughout the month to help promote the event and to help individual dogs find their forever homes.

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is a national event created by the American Humane Association that aims to reduce the number of homeless dogs and puppies in shelters by raising awareness about adopting and about dog ownership and care.

Additional October events at Animal Services include a low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Farmer’s Market location in Hillsborough, and will use the month to sign eligible Orange County pets up for the November spay/day event.

For more information on Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and other Orange County events, please visit the Animal Services website at

Nominate outstanding volunteers by Oct. 31

The Orange County Department on Aging encourages the public to recognize an outstanding volunteer (including volunteer board members) with an award nomination for the Governor’s Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Award.

Qualifying nominees must have volunteered for the organization for at least one year.

Both the Governor's Award and the Key Volunteer of the Year Awards use the same nomination form.

Multiple nominations are encouraged; however, please do NOT nominate more than one volunteer in any one category. Through a selection process, 10 nominees from each NC county will be recognized at the Governor’s Awards event and one volunteer from all nominees will be selected for their outstanding community service.

The deadline for submitting nomination forms is on Friday, Oct. 31.

Nomination forms can be mailed to the attention of Lenore Donaldson at the Volunteer Center, P.O. Box 3374, Durham, NC 27702.

For more information or to request or submit a nomination form, please contact Lenore at or call 919.613.4515.