Events

Events

Jan
11
Wed
Chinese Story Time @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Jan 11 @ 10:30 am

Our immersive language program for children age 3-6 has moved to Wednesdays. A local volunteer and educator reads a short story and instructs kids in related activities like calligraphy or yoga (as time allows).

Jan
12
Thu
Amaro Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Jan 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Amaro is the darling beverage of choice for many sommeliers. Often made with a number of herbs and roots – some even made from top secret blends passed down over generations – Italy’s amari are some of the most recognizable in the market. Sommelier Chetan Reddy will discuss the finer points of this liqueur.
$40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Jan
14
Sat
Open2: Open to OpenData @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Jan 14 all-day

An open door, day-long session for academics, business entrepreneurs, civic hackers, and you. Get to know the Town of Chapel Hill’s new open data portal: www.chapelhillopendata.org.

Our town collects or creates vast amounts of data. As we see it, that’s your information. We want to make it easy to get to, and for it to be useful. That’s why we created an online portal that lets you explore information from Fire, Police, and other Town departments. You can create maps, charts and better understand how local government functions. There are many people and organizations who can benefit from the availability of open data, including government itself. This is an open invitation to all who are interested in transparency, improving government services, measuring the impact of policy, or developing new products and companies using this data. Innovation often comes from unlikely places. Join us for a how-to in using the portal, completing guided activities and challenges using it, and suggesting other data sets that the town could gather in the future.

Open2: OpenData @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Jan 14 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

An open door, day-long session for academics, business entrepreneurs, civic hackers, and you. Get to know the Town of Chapel Hill’s new open data portal: www.chapelhillopendata.org.

Our town collects or creates vast amounts of data. As we see it, that’s your information. We want to make it easy to get to, and for it to be useful. That’s why we created an online portal that lets you explore information from Fire, Police, and other Town departments. You can create maps, charts and better understand how local government functions. There are many people and organizations who can benefit from the availability of open data, including government itself. This is an open invitation to all who are interested in transparency, improving government services, measuring the impact of policy, or developing new products and companies using this data. Innovation often comes from unlikely places. Join us for a how-to in using the portal, completing guided activities and challenges using it, and suggesting other data sets that the town could gather in the future.

Jan
16
Mon
MLK Birthday Celebration @ Northgate Mall
Jan 16 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join Northgate Mall and NC MomsRising at the 7th annual MLK Birthday Celebration.
Families are invited to Durham for a giant kid-focused birthday party to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on MLK Day.
Event activities include free English/Spanish story times, arts and crafts, kids’ Zumba, drumming performance, interactive activities, service projects such as a food and clothes drive benefiting Urban Ministries, and birthday cake as we celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy in a way that kids can understand. This event is free and appropriate for ages 0-100.

Jan
18
Wed
Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD/LD for College @ The Hill Center
Jan 18 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

National statistics on college graduation rates suggest that 4-5 out of every 10 freshman who start college may not graduate, or still be enrolled 5 years later. Freshmen with emotional, attentional and/or learning disabilities may graduate at an even lower rate and experience more challenges as they adjust to college. However, these studies also suggest that some teens who transitioned were better prepared, sought services and graduated at the same rate as their non-disabled friends. This workshop will share what parents can do to increase the odds that their teen will be ready to navigate college successfully.

Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, Ph.D. is currently the coordinator of the Academic Success Program for Students with LD/ADHD: A Learning Center Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Maitland co-authored Coaching College Students with ADHD with Dr. Patricia Quinn and Nancy Ratey. She and Patricia Quinn published two books on the subject of transition to college: Ready for Take-Off: Preparing Teens with ADHD and LD for College and On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD.

Jan
19
Thu
Nebbiolo vs. Sangiovese Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Jan 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Two of Italy’s most noble and distinctive grapes are Nebbiolo and Sangiovese. Each has their own strong following in the wine community. Some prefer Nebbiolo, a grape that tests the balance of its tannic, high alcohol, and high acid properties while still delivering one of the most rewarding wine experiences.
Some prefer the crunchy, red fruit, herbal perfume of the Sangiovese grape. In the hands of a master it can transform into a muscular Brunello di Montalcino, or an easier drinking Chianti perfect with a hearty bowl of pasta.
Whichever grape camp you stand behind, each has a masterful history that has solidified its claim to the top of Italy’s grape varietal hierarchy.
$50 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Jan
21
Sat
Teen Finance Boot Camp: Mad City Money @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am

Teens will have a chance to practice realistic budgeting, experience the consequences of poor decisions, develop good judgment regarding spending, and learn that budgeting isn’t difficult but is necessary. In partnership with the Town of Chapel Hill Youth Initiative and Coastal Federal Credit Union.

Walk with a Doc @ UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
Jan 21 @ 10:00 am

Come take a walk with us!

Who?
You! We encourage people with arthritis because that’s who we are, but we’re delighted to walk with anyone who is interested. Walking with you are UNC physicians, staff, family and friends (the four-legged ones, too) on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

How far?
1 mile or less

How much time?
Whatever time it takes! Walk at your own pace, however slow or fast that is. Outside on most days; inside when it’s raining, freezing, or otherwise just too ugly to be outside.

Why?
To take an active role in your health and well-being. Meet others in your community and encourage healthy physical activity in people of all ages.

Why else?
Walking can…

-Keep your joints healthy
-Help you manage your weight
-Improve your mood
-Lower your blood pressure
-Strengthen your heart

Got questions about your health?
Ask one of the providers walking with you! That’s why they are there. Totally casual. Totally free.

This local chapter of the national Walk With A Doc program is brought to you by the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Osteoarthritis Action Alliance.

We hope to see you there!

Fiction Writing Workshop with Steve Peha & Margot Lester @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This event is free and open to the public – we kindly request that you RSVP via email here. We look forward to seeing you at this event!
Everyone loves a good story. We love stories so much that many of us would like to try hand at writing them. Fiction, however, is challenging. In this workshop, we’ll meet that challenge head on with an engaging framework called “The Five Facts of Fiction” — a set principles that common to all great stories. You’ll create a rough sketch of a complete novel or short story with complex characters, compelling conflict, and a setting as rich as any you’ve ever known. You’ll also write a few lines of your opening scene. And all of this will happen in 90 minutes. Writers from 8 to 88 have enjoyed this workshop for the last ten years. And everyone – absolutely everyone – comes away with a good story.
About Steve Peha
Steve Peha is the founder of Teaching That Makes Sense, Inc., a Carrboro, North Carolina-based education consultancy specializing in literacy, student engagement, and instructional innovation. His latest book is Be a Better Writer, written with his wife, Margot Carmichael Lester, was an Amazon #1 “Hot New Release” in teen writing. The book also won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, a 2016 Best Book Gold Medal Award in Young Adult Nonfiction. It has also received an award nomination from YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, part of the American Library Association. Since 1995, Steve has written widely on teaching, learning, and writing for publications like The Washington Post, The National Journal, Psychology Today, Edutopia, Education Post, and many others. In 2001, he created The Effective Learning Series for The Seattle Times and received an Innovators in Education from the Newspaper Association of America. During this workshop, he will write along with all participants describing the origin of his first and as-yet-to-be-completed novel, Jordan’s Run.
About Margot Carmichael Lester
Margot Carmichael Lester is the founder of The Word Factory and living proof that a person can be old school and au courant at the same time. She still writes regularly for the Los Angeles Business Journal and the International Cinematographers Guild Magazine, but most of her work these days is digital. She was doing brand journalism before the term even existed, creating nearly 1000 articles for Match.com in the early 00’s. Currently, she manages a team of pros serving as virtual brand newsrooms for her clients. When she’s not slinging words, she consults with start-ups and Fortune 100 companies on communications strategy, media relations and operations. She’s got three books to her name, including Be a Better Writer, on which she collaborated with her husband, Steve Peha. In her off-hours, she love’s to cook (and eat); listen to music; and follow local, state and national politics — except when she’s watching football or the UNC Tar Heels.

Jan
23
Mon
Beginning Zen Practice: A Class with David Guy Monday nights, January 23 to February 27, 7:30 to 9:00 @ Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, 27514
Jan 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear.

— Dogen Zenji

Zen Meditation, or zazen, is the simple practice of being present with our experience. We hear the instructions in a matter of minutes, but spend a lifetime learning the practice. This class will introduce participants to meditation and give them support as they develop a daily sitting practice. It will also introduce them to other aspects of practice at the Chapel Hill Zen Center.

The first night will begin with meditation instructions and a short period of sitting. Each week we will continue to sit for a period at the beginning of class, gradually increasing the time. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns about their practice. As the weeks proceed we will study other aspects of Zen practice, including walking meditation, protocol around the zendo, and the service of bowing and chanting. But the focus will be on zazen, and participants’ actual practice as it unfolds. The content of the class will emerge from participants’ questions and concerns.

Cost is $60, payable the first night, and will be contributed to the Zen Center. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to sign up, please contact David Guy at 919-286-4952 or davidguy@mindspring.com.

David Guy has been practicing meditation since 1991, and regularly gives sitting instruction. He has co-authored two books with Larry Rosenberg of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center – Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive. In 2008 he published Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence. You can find David’s blog at: www.davidguy.org

Chapel Hill Zen Center 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. This is 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit #266. See: www.chzc.org or call 919-967-0861

Jan
30
Mon
Beginning Zen Practice: A Class with David Guy Monday nights, January 23 to February 27, 7:30 to 9:00 @ Chapel Hill Zen Center, 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, 27514
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Stop searching for phrases and chasing after words. Take the backward step and turn the light inward. Your body-mind of itself will drop off and your original face will appear.

— Dogen Zenji

Zen Meditation, or zazen, is the simple practice of being present with our experience. We hear the instructions in a matter of minutes, but spend a lifetime learning the practice. This class will introduce participants to meditation and give them support as they develop a daily sitting practice. It will also introduce them to other aspects of practice at the Chapel Hill Zen Center.

The first night will begin with meditation instructions and a short period of sitting. Each week we will continue to sit for a period at the beginning of class, gradually increasing the time. Participants will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns about their practice. As the weeks proceed we will study other aspects of Zen practice, including walking meditation, protocol around the zendo, and the service of bowing and chanting. But the focus will be on zazen, and participants’ actual practice as it unfolds. The content of the class will emerge from participants’ questions and concerns.

Cost is $60, payable the first night, and will be contributed to the Zen Center. Partial scholarships are available. For more information, or to sign up, please contact David Guy at 919-286-4952 or davidguy@mindspring.com.

David Guy has been practicing meditation since 1991, and regularly gives sitting instruction. He has co-authored two books with Larry Rosenberg of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center – Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation and Living in the Light of Death: On the Art of Being Truly Alive. In 2008 he published Jake Fades: A Novel of Impermanence. You can find David’s blog at: www.davidguy.org

Chapel Hill Zen Center 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. This is 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit #266. See: www.chzc.org or call 919-967-0861

Feb
2
Thu
The Many Faces of Rioja Wine Class @ The Fearrington Granary
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Explore Spain’s premier wine region, one of the country’s two declared Denominacion de Origen Calificada, and taste some of its benchmark wine producers. Tempranillo is a moldable grape that lends itself well to a winemaker’s vision, as Beverage Director Paula de Pano learned from some of Rioja’s winemakers on her last trip to Spain. Taste for the consistently high quality of this wine for yourself – without breaking the bank!
$40 includes wine, cheese plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Feb
3
Fri
Cooks & Books: Lunch with Kian Lam Kho @ The Fearrington Granary
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join us at The Granary to celebrate Kian Lam Kho’s cookbook, Phoenix Claws & Jade Trees. Tickets are $75 per person and include dinner, a copy of the cookbook, service fee and tax. Reserve by calling.
Food writer, author of 10 cookbooks and Asian cuisine expert, Nancie McDermott, will be the guest hostess for this luncheon. McDermott has written several cookbooks on Asian cuisine and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.

The winner of the 2016 IACP Julia Child First Book Award, Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees offers a unique introduction to Chinese home cooking, demystifying it by focusing on its basic cooking methods. In outlining the differences among various techniques — such as pan-frying, oil steeping, and yin-yang frying — and instructing which one is best for particular ingredients and end results, culinary expert Kian Lam Kho provides a practical, intuitive window into this unique cuisine. Once you’ve learned how to dry stir-fry chicken, you can then confidently apply the technique to tofu, shrimp, and any number of ingredients.
Accompanied by more than 200 photographs, including helpful step-by-step images, the 158 recipes range from simple, such as Spicy Lotus Root Salad or Red Cooked Pork, to slightly more involved, including authentic General Tso’s Chicken or Pork Shank Soup with Winter Bamboo. But the true brilliance behind this innovative book lies in the way it teaches the soul of Chinese cooking, enabling home cooks to master this diverse, alluring cuisine and then to re-create any tempting dish they encounter or can imagine.

After training as an aerospace engineer and developing software on Wall Street for more than twenty years, Kian decided to pursue his passion for cooking. He apprenticed in the kitchen of Chef Josh Capon at Canteen (now Lure Fishbar), in New York City’s Soho neighborhood, where he learned to produce modern American food.
However, it was Chinese cooking that interested him the most. After Canteen he started organizing pop-up Chinese banquet events to showcase the variety of ingredients and versatility of techniques in Chinese cuisine rarely experienced in American Chinese restaurants. He continues to work at different restaurants as a guest chef, creating unique Chinese banquet events.
In January of 2008 Kian created the Chinese cooking blog, Red Cook. The blog emphasizes the importance of understanding proper Chinese cooking techniques while describing them in historical and cultural context. Red Cook was selected as a finalist and nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award in 2011.

Feb
4
Sat
Learning Outside’s Open House @ Learning Outside
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come experience Learning Outside! Visit with our goats and chickens, explore our Learning Garden, build Fairy Houses, dig for treasure, do leaf rubbings, bird watch using binoculars at our Bird Blind, have your face painted, create delectable dishes and play in Woods Kitchen, look at specimens under a microscope at our Science Table and more. Families can meet instructors and chat with Learning Outside families, visit our outdoor classroom spaces, and learn about Learning Outside’s summer camps and year-round programs. All of our programs are sited on Triangle Land Conservancy’s beautiful 269-acre Irvin Nature Preserve!