UNC-Chapel Hill’s winter commencement is 2 p.m. at the Dean Smith Center, 300 Skipper Bowles Drive, Chapel Hill. No tickets required. Paul Cuadros, associate professor in the university’s School of Media and Journalism and executive director of the UNC Scholars’ Latino Initiative, is the commencement speaker. commencement.unc.edu
Library opening later
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, is closed until 1 p.m. for safety checks and maintenance. The library will be open from 1-8 p.m. chapelhillpubliclibrary.org
/Four trees in declining health on Cameron Avenue are being removed through Thursday, Dec. 22. The Town of Chapel Hill said in a statement that the trees pose hazards to people and property. On West Franklin Street, four trees will be removed Jan. 3-7 for similar reasons. bit.ly/2gRVh0r, townofchapelhill.org
A public information meeting on a proposed innovative, light industrial zoning district is 6:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A second meeting is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Town Hall. The proposed district would be for creative, light industrial, advanced manufacturing and research type uses. For more information: bit.ly/2hg9W8Y, townofchapelhill.org.
Explore the night sky under the planetarium dome at “Starry Night: Winter Skies” from 7:30-9 p.m. at Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Cost: $12. moreheadplanetarium.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. The group will not meet Dec. 28-Jan. 11. Meetings resume Jan. 18. 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.
The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough Holiday Blood Drive for the American Red Cross is 1-5:30 p.m. at Eagle Lodge, 142 W. King St., Hillsborough. Another blood drive is 2:30-7 p.m. at Lake Hogan Farms Clubhouse, 100 Commons Way, Chapel Hill. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org
Chapel Hill is accepting applications from nonprofit and for-profit housing providers for funding proposals on affordable housing development. The deadline to apply is Friday, Dec. 30. For more information and application forms, go to bit.ly/2gVeuBr.
All public parking is free Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve in downtown Chapel Hill. Public parking is free year-round on Sundays. bit.ly/2fDfeKF
The Town of Hillsborough is looking for a volunteer to fill a vacancy for a three-year term on the Cemetery Committee. The committee makes recommendations to town staff and the Hillsborough Board of Commissioners on the preservation and maintenance of the Margaret Lane, Old Town and Town cemeteries. For more information and an application, go to hillsboroughnc.gov.
▪ 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 Eno River Farmers’ Market is open 10 a.m. to noon at 144 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough. enoriverfarmersmarket.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
Please send calendar items to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most town offices in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro, as well as Chatham and Orange county offices, will be closed Friday, Dec. 23, to Tuesday, Dec. 27, in observance of the Christmas/winter holiday. Carrboro town offices are closed Thursday, Dec. 22, to Monday, Dec. 26. Hillsborough town offices are closed Friday, Dec. 23, to Monday, Dec. 26. bit.ly/2gF0dd3
Chapel Hill Public Library is closed Saturday, Dec. 24, to Monday, Dec. 26. Orange County libraries are closed Friday, Dec. 23, to Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The Chapel Hill Community Center gym and pool will be closed Dec 24-25. Hargraves Center will be closed Dec. 23 to Jan. 2. The Aquatic Center is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 24, is closed Dec. 25 and returns to normal hours Dec. 26. Northside Gym is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 24, is closed Dec. 25 and is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 26-30.
Chapel Hill Transit will not operate Dec. 25. Special holiday hours apply to select routes. For more information, go to bit.ly/2gF0dd3. Orange Public Transportation will be closed Dec. 23-27 but will operate limited service for the in-county dialysis route (Carolina Dialysis).
Chapel Hill residential garbage, recycling and Thursday yard waste collections will follow their normal schedules. Yard waste will not be collected Friday, Dec. 23.
In Carrboro, residential garbage will be collected two days early. Trash normally collected on Wednesdays will be collected Monday, Dec. 19; Thursday’s trash on Tuesday, Dec. 20; Friday’s on Wednesday, Dec. 21. No yard waste will be collected.
In Hillsborough, garbage collection routes normally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 23, will be collected one day early on Thursday, Dec. 22. Routes for Monday, Dec. 26. will be collected a day later on Tuesday, Dec. 27.
The Orange County Landfill will be closed Dec. 24-26. County Solid Waste Convenience Centers will close at 1 p.m. Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25. Curbside recycling will be collected as normal.
In Chatham County, Solid Waste & Recycling Collection Centers will close at 2 p.m. Dec. 24 and will be closed Dec. 25.
Find a list of support groups with the Daybook calendar under the community tab at chapelhillnews.com.
▪ 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, email@example.com.
▪ 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. firstname.lastname@example.org.
▪ 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: email@example.com.
▪ 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.
To add your club to the calendar or update your group’s meeting time or location, send information two weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.