Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 N.C. Governor’s Inaugural Ball Jan. 5-7, 2017! @ N.C. State University
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm

Celebrate all that makes our state great at the Junior League of Raleigh’s 2017 North Carolina Governor’s Inaugural Ball on Saturday, January 7th! Toast the newly elected Governor and the Council of State at this black-tie affair. Enjoy live performances by The Avett Brothers and Delta Rae at the Gala Presentation. Then dance the night away to Bull City Syndicate. Enjoy tasty eats and treats served up by top restaurants from across the state. Visit to buy a ticket to take part in this historical event. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Raleigh and its community programs.

See the full schedule of Inaugural Ball events at

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:

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.

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.

Population Dynamics Might Save Democracy in North Carolina @ Chapel Hill Public Library
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties is hosting a presentation by Walter Salinger in Meeting Room A.

Mr. Salinger contends that “Ongoing changes in North Carolina’s demographics are so extensive that they could overwhelm even the most thoroughly gerrymandered redistricting process.” In the face of these changes, Mr. Salinger provides an alternative view of the process and advocates for a nonpartisan redistricting plan.

Walter Salinger is a retired professor who taught Psychology for 38 years at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). While at UNCG, he served in such leadership positions as Head of the Psychology Department and Chair of the Faculty Senate. Since retiring in 2010, he has become an active member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad (LWVPT), focusing on nonpartisan redistricting reform and diminishing the influence of money on politics. He serves on the Boards of Directors of LWVPT and the League of Women Voters of North Carolina.

The program is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Women in Government: Act, Support, Run @ Extraordinary Ventures
Mar 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties is hosting a seminar on Women in Government: How to Get Involved, Volunteer, Become or Support a Candidate.

The seminar, which commemorates the 97th Anniversary of the League of Women Voters, will be held on Saturday March 11, 2017, from 9AM until 1PM at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill.

Eight distinguished guests will be speaking:
* Dr. David McClennan, Visiting Professor, Meredith College
* Naomi Randolph, Executive Director, Women AdvaNCe
* Dr. Carolyn Jefferson-Jenkins, Women’s Forum NC
* George McCue, Durham Board of Elections
* Lydia Lavelle, Mayor, Carrboro
* Brenda Howerton, Durham County Commissioner
* Verla Insko, NC State Representative, District 56, Orange
* Valerie P Foushee, NC State Senator, Chatham/Orange

The program is open to the public. Registration in advance is required, visit A fee of $20 for League members and $30 for non-members covers the cost of the seminar and lunch. Free parking is available. For more information contact Pam Oxendine at

ICON Lecture Series @ The Event Center
Apr 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Lt General Daniel P. Bolger will be giving a lecture entitled, “Slow Death: Assesing America’s War On Terror”. Lt General Daniel P. Bolger, US Army, ret, of Aurora, Illinois completed 35 years in the U.S. Army, retiring as a Lieutenant General in 2013. He received his commission from The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina in 1978 and his master’s degree and doctorate in history from the University of Chicago in 1986. His professional education included the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. He taught history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York in 1986-89. He led soldiers at every echelon from platoon through division, to include command of the Coalition Military Assistance Training Team in Iraq in 2005-06, command of the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad, Iraq in 2009-10, and command of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan in 2011-13. His military awards include five Bronze Star medals (one for valor) and the Combat Action Badge. The author of eight books and numerous articles on military and historical matters, he is also a contributing editor and columnist for Army magazine and a former columnist for Signal magazine. His latest book is Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. He is presently a teaching assistant professor in the Department of History and a distinguished visiting scholar in the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University.