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Jan
13
Sun
Online Sesurity Basics @ Main Library
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Learn how to create good passwords, manage passwords, and avoid common scams.

Jan
14
Mon
Beginning Zen Practice, A Class with David Guy @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Jan 14 @ 7:30 pm – Feb 18 @ 9:00 pm

Monday nights, 7:30-9:00
January 14 to February 18

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.
— Master Dogen

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) 641-9277 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. David’s Blog can be found at www.davidguy.org

Jan
16
Wed
Bus Riding 101 @ Main Library
Jan 16 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Public bus transportation demystified! Find out how easy it is to map out a bus trip. Learn about door to door transportation and how to sign up for services. Uber and Lyft information will be covered as well. This program is FREE and open to the public. Registration is preferred at 919-245-2536.

Jan
19
Sat
Make cold process goat milk soap and take it home with you! @ Goat Milk Farm
Jan 19 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Learn to make your own handcrafted soap! No prior experience is required. I will provide all the equipment and materials to make a batch of cold process goat milk soap. The first half of the class we will talk about different kinds of soap making, equipment needed, different kinds of oils that can be used, and some safety precautions.

The second half of the class you make the soap! You will be able to take home ~1lb. of soap that you make during the class. After the class you will have the knowledge you need to make your own soap at home. A wonderful and fun experience that smells great too!

About your host: I have been making soap for a decade now for myself and my family. I started making my own soap while I was a oncology researcher. I came across an article “Seven Carcinogens Commonly Found in Beauty Care Products” in an oncology journal. I was dismayed to find out that the all natural and organic products I was using were full of carcinogens! I decided to start making my own soap that I knew would be all natural and healthy for my skin. A month after I started using my own soap, my eczema that I had since I was a child went away. I was amazed and hooked! I would love to teach you how to make your own soaps at home. You can make a healthy and affordable product for yourself and your loved ones.

Jan
20
Sun
Julian M. Pleasants presents Home Front: North Carolina during WWII @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the outset of World War II, North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the Union. The citizens desperately wanted higher living standards, and the war would soon awaken the Rip Van Winkle state to its fullest potential. Home Front traces the evolution of the people, customs, traditions, and attitudes, arguing that World War II was the most significant event in the history of modern North Carolina. Using oral history interviews, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, historian Julian Pleasants explores the triumphs, hardships, and emotions of North Carolinians in his new book Home Front: North Carolina during WWII.

Julian M. Pleasants is the author of several books, including The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River, Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds and coauthor of Frank Porter Graham and the 1950 Senate Race in North Carolina. He is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.

Jan
25
Fri
Books and Snacks @ Main Library
Jan 25 @ 4:30 pm

Last Fridays of the month, middle and high schoolers are invited to meet and chat about what they’ve read over snacks with the Teen Advisory Board. At each meeting, participants will vote on new a genre or topic to read about and a new snack to have for the next meeting. No registration required. For information about the current month’s genre or topic and snack, visit bit.ly/ocpltab_bns

Feb
7
Thu
What are you Reading? A Book Club for Kids in Grades 3-5 @ Main Library
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come talk about books and eat pizza. No assigned reading prior to the meeting. Call or stop by to register: 919-245-2532.

Feb
12
Tue
Hora de Espanol (Storytime in Spanish) @ Main Library
Feb 12 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Join us for storytime in Spanish. Co-sponsored by ISLA (Immersion in Spanish Language Acquisition). https://www.laislaschool.org/

Feb
14
Thu
Spa Science @ Main Library
Feb 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Mix your way to some sweet-smelling at-home treatments while learning the science behind the fizz! Grades 3-5

Feb
23
Sat
Writing Political Poems Workshop @ Main Library
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Poets everywhere are speaking out about what they believe in. In this generative workshop, we’ll examine techniques used in poems that tackle tough topics like racial inequality, immigration, war, climate change, and governmental incompetence. We’ll then use those techniques to begin our own poems. The event is free and open to the public. Writers working at all levels and in other genres are welcome. To register, https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc5MwCd0dk6T1o-UdtGaonZx8ff4nOCrZxqH2zj-ZN89UHMlA/viewform or call 919-245-2536. This event is supported by the Orange County Arts Commission. For Adults.W