Chapel Hill: Community



Bird walk

A two- to three-hour bird walk to a local site with the New Hope Audubon Society will start at 7:30 a.m. at the Wild Bird Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

New birders are welcome. Bring snacks and water. For more information, email David Anderson:

Butter Bean Auction

The Butter Bean Auction will be at 2:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St. Everyone will be given the same amount of beans, used in the place of cash, to bid on items. Admission is $3.


POW! Stormwater Video Contest

High school students of Chapel Hill and Carrboro can submit 30- to 60-second creative, educational videos for Chapel Hill’s POW! Stormwater Video Contest until 5 p.m. Monday.

Videos should show the effects of trash pollution on water and how they can be prevented.

Public discussion

The Town of Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department’s Cultural Arts Division and the Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission are working on an Arts Plan to go with the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

The town’s residents can give their ideas and ask questions from 5:30-7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., or through an online survey:

Toastmasters demonstration

A demonstration meeting for those interested in learning about public speaking will be from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the offices for Habitat for Humanity on Monday at 467 West St., Pittsboro.

For more information, contact Dave Fernandez (919-913-9072) or Toni Valakas (919-619-1958).


Medicare 101

Orange County SHIIP (the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program) hosts a free seminar from noon to 2 p.m. at the Orange County Public Library, 137 W. Margaret Lane.


My Circle of Girls

Registration is due Thursday for a hiking trip with My Circle of Girls, a social group for 2- to 11-year-old girls on the autism spectrum, on Saturday. The group will follow trails in Durham from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Registration is required. Register with names, ages and parents’ names by emailing,

Meet the Author Tea

The Chapel Hill Public Library’s Meet the Author Tea with mystery writer Katy Munger from 3:30-5 p.m. in meeting room B at 100 Library Drive.


The Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization hosts a drop-in workshop on the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan from 4-7 p.m. at the Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 W. Pettigrew St.

Input will also be accepted through an online survey:


Fish Fry & Bake Dinner

St. Thomas More’s Fish Fry & Bake Dinner fundraiser is 5-8 p.m. at 940 Carmichael St., Chapel Hill. Meals are $7 to $8, dine in or take out.

Cabaret & Pie Auction

Internationalist Books and Community Center’s Cabaret and Pie Auction fundraiser will be 7-10 p.m. at 101 Lloyd St., Carrboro.


Field trip

A birding field trip with the New Hope Audubon Society to Weymouth Woods State Park in Southern Pines will start at 7 a.m. at the Wild Bird Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

The group will meet for lunch afterwards and return around 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Wear long pants and sturdy shoes and bring insect repellent, water and snacks. For details or to sign up, email Tom Driscoll:

Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health

The 38th Annual Legislative Breakfast on Mental Health is 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the UNC William and Ida Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Drive.

Admission is free and there is a suggested donation of $20 to help organizers cover the event’s cost. Registration by Tuesday is recommended.

Farmers’ markets

▪ The Carrboro Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon in the Carrboro Town Commons beside Town Hall at 301 W. Main St.

▪ The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at 201 S. Estes Drive.

Walk With a Doc

The Walk With a Doc group meets at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of each month at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill. Doctors affiliated with the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance lead each walk, which will be open to anyone but specifically designed for those with arthritis to learn and ask questions.

Easter egg hunts

Chapel Hill’s Easter egg hunt with games, entertainment and prizes is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Southern Community Park, 1000 Sumac Road. Ages 2-4 start at noon, 5-7 at 12:15 p.m. and 8-10 at 12:30 p.m. Bring your own baskets. If there is rain, the Easter egg hunt will be on Sunday, March 20, instead.

The Orange County Egg Hunt will be noon to 2 p.m. at the Henry Anderson III Community Park, 302 Highway 54 West, Carrboro. A shuttle to the event runs about every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. from the Carrboro Plaza park and ride lot on Old Fayetteville Road to McDougle Middle School. Parking at the park and ride lot will be free during the egg hunt. If weather prevents the event, the rain date is 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

An egg hunt in Hillsborough will be 2-4 p.m. at River Park, 140 E. Margaret Lane. Ages 2-4 start at 2:15 p.m., 5-7 at 2:30 p.m. and 8-10 at 2:45 p.m. Admission is free; a wristband for inflatables is $3 and a ticket for face painting is $2. In case of rain, it will be on Sunday instead. Information on free parking is online:


The Chapel Hill Public Library screens “Suffragette” at 2:30 p.m. at 100 Library Drive.

Please send calendar items to

Group meetings

▪ The Chapel Hill Zen Center offers meditation instruction at 9 a.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 5322 N.C. 86. RSVP: 919-967-0861,

▪ 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 621 Hillsborough Road, Carrboro.

▪ 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.

▪ Women 55 and older walk trails in Meadowmont at 3:30 p.m. Mondays. 919-967-4054,

▪ 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.

▪ 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,

▪ 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. 919-968-2780.

▪ 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.,

▪ The Chapel Hill Zen Center hosts a 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,

▪ 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:

▪ 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.,

▪ 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.

▪ 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.

To add your club to the calendar or update your group’s meeting time or location, send information two weeks in advance to

Class at SEEDS

A free martial arts and dance class at SEEDS Community Gardens in Durham is looking for new members. The class is led by Thaddeus Bennett. For details or to join, call 919-683-1197 or email


The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will accept applications for scholarships from high school seniors in the Orange County, Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Chatham County school districts until the postmark deadline of Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Merit and need-based academic scholarships are availiable. Students are required to submit an essay on three initiatives to improve racial relationships locally and in general.

Orange County Republican Party

The Orange County Republican Party’s Precinct Meetings and County Convention will be Thursday, March 3, at Sunrise Church, 1315 New Hope Trace, Chapel Hill.

Registration starts at 5:30 p.m., meetings begin at 6:45 p.m. and the convention starts at 7:15 p.m.