Chapel Hill: Community

Daybook: May 1-7

Children play during Carrboro Day festivities in May 2013. The annual festival is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, on the grounds of Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St.
Children play during Carrboro Day festivities in May 2013. The annual festival is from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, on the grounds of Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. MARK SCHULTZ


Garden tour

The Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour continues from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at each garden site and at several area venues: N.C. Botanical Garden, Piedmont Feed and Garden Center, Southern Season, Southern States, Victoria Park Florist and Wild Bird Center. Children 16 and under are free with a ticketed adult. Photography is permitted.

Proceeds will support the Children's Wonder Garden, programs at the N.C. Botanical Garden and the Chapel Hill Garden Club's service projects, which include caring for the butterfly garden at the Ronald McDonald House. For more information and maps of gardens featured, visit or call 919-962-0522.

Carrboro Day

The annual Carrboro Day festival is from 1-5 p.m. on the grounds of Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St. Arts and crafts, entertainment and family activities will be featured.

Exhibit on farms

The exhibit “Black-Owned Businesses & Farms - the Rise to Freedom” is from 3-5 p.m. at the Jerry Passmore Senior Center, 103 Meadowland Drive, Hillsborough. Photography, storytelling and discussions will be featured.


Ackland spring luncheon

The annual fundraiser for the museum is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill. Tickets are $50. For tickets, call Meghan Hunt, manager of Membership Services, at 919-843-5637, or visit the museum store, 109 E. Franklin St.

Tropical Dreams

The Tropical Dreams variety show fundraiser is from 6-9 p.m. at The Barn at Fearrington Village, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Nancy Wilson at or 919-542-3959. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Women of Fearrington, will benefit nonprofit organizations supporting women and children in Chatham County.


Blood drives

Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through May 15.

▪ 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 3: PHE Inc., 302 Meadowland Drive, Hillsborough

▪ 1-5:30 p.m. Friday, May 6: A.L. Stanback Middle School, 3700 N.C. Highway 86 S., Hillsborough

▪ 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12: UNC General Administration, 910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill

Input sought

The Town of Chapel Hill is hosting a public input and information session on a proposed cemetery memorial marker for the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery, on the UNC campus, at 7 p.m. at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St. For more information:,

Road project information

A public information meeting providing an overview of summer construction projects and the effect on traffic around Chapel Hill is at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The meeting also is available via live streaming on the town website: Information on the planned road construction projects is available at

Geology lecture

Jim Sorauf, professor emeritus of geology at the State University of New York, will speak on “The Geology of the Colorado Plateau” from 7-9 p.m. at Seymour Senior Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill.

Support group

A UNC Comprehensive Cancer/UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center support program for women ages 18 to 45 with breast cancer meets from 7-8:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month at Carolina Pointe II, 6011 Farrington Road, Suite 304.


Bird walk

The New Hope Audubon Society hosts a bird walk beginning at 7 a.m. in front of the Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center, Ephesus Church Road, Chapel Hill. Birders of all skill levels may attend. For more information, email David Anderson at

‘Star Wars’ Day

The Chapel Hill Public Library hosts “Star Wars” Day for ages 5 and older at 4 p.m. in Meeting Room B of the library, 100 Library Drive. To register:

Medicare information

One-on-one counseling sessions for seniors who are, or soon will be, eligible for Medicare begin at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Each session is by appointment only. To set up an appointment, call 919-968-2070.

Series on the Holy Spirit

United Church of Chapel Hill is presenting the series “Getting to Know the Holy Spirit” at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays through May 12 in the library at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information, email Micah Royal or Suzanne Lamport at or 919-942-3540,

Poetry open mic

The Sacrificial Poets host open-mic readings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Flyleaf Books, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 919-942-7373,


Moving forward after cancer

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center offers “Cancer Transitions,” a free series of classes for patients who have completed cancer treatment and their families at Carolina Point II, 6011 Farrington Road, Chapel Hill.

Classes in Spanish will be held each Thursday from 6-8:30 p.m. through May 19. Classes in English will be held each Tuesday from 1:30-4 p.m. May 3-24. Free parking.

For more information in Spanish, call Claudia Rojas at 984-974-5800 or 919-259-0279 or For more information in English, call Jen Hanspal at 984-974-8100 or

Public forum

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties is hosting a public forum featuring Rick Glazier, executive director of the North Carolina Justice Center, at 7 p.m. at Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Glazier will discuss the impact of the 2016 election on the state and what to expect in the general election.


Pond clinic

The soil and water conservation districts of Durham and Orange counties will present the clinic for pond owners and potential owners at 9 a.m at Blackwood Farm Park, 4215 N.C. Highway 86, Hillsborough.

Live and Local

Chapel Hill’s performance series will feature a concert by the East Chapel Hill High School Ukulele Orchestra from 6-9 p.m. on the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St.


Mulch sale

Chatham County’s mulch sale is from 7:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday through May at the Solid Waste and Recycling Main Facility, 28 County Service Road, Pittsboro. Mulch is $5 per scoop, about 1 cubic yard. County staff loads the mulch. Bring a tarp to secure the mulch. Cash or checks are accepted.

Monitoring water quality

The New Hope Audubon 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 by Wednesday, May 4.Registration for a pond maintenance information clinic is due. Interested participants should call 919-560-0558.

Preschool storytime

Storytime and activities for children ages 2 to 5 years old is at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the Carrboro Branch Library, 900 Old Fayetteville Road, Chapel Hill.

Really Really Free Market

The Really Really Free Market will be at 2 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at the Carrboro Town Commons.

Farmers’ markets

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

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

Goings on

Guardians of the Hill

Registration is under way for the Guardians of the Hill 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at Southern Community Park in Southern Village, 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill. The event is being sponsored by the Chapel Hill Police Department and will benefit special Olympics of North Carolina. A children’s Fun Run also will be held. Cost for the 5K is $20 per person through Sunday, May 1; $25 after. Registration forms are available at For more information:

Citizens Police Academy

Registration is open through May 16 for the Hillsborough Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy. Up to 13 participants will meet from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at the department substation at 501 Rainey Ave. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, be an Orange County resident and have no felony or serious misdemeanor convictions. Applications are available at the main police station, 127 N. Churton St., and for download at For more information or to register, call Senior Cpl. Tereasa King at 919-732-2441, ext. 26.

Golf tournament

Pre-registration is under way for the 28th annual Chatham Chamber of Commerce golf tournament 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the Governors Club, 11000 Governors Drive, Chapel Hill. For more information: 919-742-3333,

Bees shut down playground

The Town of Chapel Hill playground at North Forest Hills Park, 121 Collums Road, is closed through May during the nesting season for Solitary Bees. Other town playgrounds are open. For more park locations, go to

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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 or C.

▪ 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 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,

▪ 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