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Jan
11
Thu
The Middle Ages @ Chapel Hill High School
Jan 11 all-day

Come learn about the Not-so-Dark Middle ages in which one powerful woman helps spurn the most famous war of the times. Find out how Early Islam creates a new western European culture and saves the West! Find out how many of the seven Crusades were successful and what reconnected western Europe to the global economy.

Lessons in Public Education: What You Should Know About What’s New @ Briar Chapel Clubhouse
Jan 11 @ 10:00 am

The Public Education Action Team of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties invites the public to attend an informational forum on education issues and policies impacting students, schools, families, businesses and community members. The forum will be held on Thursday January 11, 2018, 10:00 AM at the Briar Chapel Clubhouse, 1600 Briar Chapel Parkway, Chapel Hill.

LaTanya Pattillo, Teacher Advisor to Governor Roy Cooper, will address critical public education issues such as: Impact of class size requirements; Equal and sufficient access to highly qualified teachers, school leaders and educational resources; Use of test performance to rate and rank schools; Universal access to Pre-Kindergarden; Impact of current charter and voucher systems; Equal access to services for students with learning, language, health and social-emotional needs.

A strong public education system benefits all community members. Students and districts rely on the involvement of an interested and informed public. Your input can help shape policy, legislation and representative action. For more information visit our website: http://lwvodc.org/edu_action.html

This event is free and open to the public. Free parking is available.

Wines of Croatia & Slovenia @ The Granary
Jan 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

There’s so many more interesting things about Croatia, other than Dubrovnik being the main filming location of Game of Thrones. Ever had a wine made from Zinfandel? It has roots from Croatia, where this grape is genetically identical to Tribidrag. Can you say that grape ten times really fast? Nor can I. That is partially the reason why Croatian wines are hard to come by in the US! Slovenian wines share a little bit of similarities to the wines from Italy, as it borders the Collio vineyards, but make no mistake – Slovenian wines have their own unique identities. Try some orange wines during this class!
$50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Jan
15
Mon
Community Reads! @ New Hope Camp & Conference Center
Jan 15 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of reading with your child on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Read with volunteers and create crafts with The Scrap Exchange! All students attending will receive a book of their own to take home. Connect with your Family Success Alliance navigator or email kprelipp@orangecountync.gov to sign up. For children up to age 9 and their parents.

Jan
18
Thu
Bill Melega Winter Lecture Series @ Chapel Hill High School
Jan 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Esteemed educator and author BILL MELEGA continues his nine part lecture series about the Middle Ages and Gunpowder Empires with an in-depth exploration of African States & Empires from 400 AD until 1400 AD.

Jan
20
Sat
Story Time, Puppet Show & Art Activity @ Carrboro Branch Library ( Located inside McDougle Middle School)
Jan 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity at the Carrboro Library on Saturday, January 20th from 10:30-11:30. The January puppetry arts program is inspired by the children’s book The Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Recommended ages are 4-9. The Carrboro Library is located at 900 Old Fayetteville Road Chapel Hill 27516 inside McDougle Middle School. The free puppetry arts program is performed by Puppet Show Inc. a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.
http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/library/
https://www.puppetshowinc.org/

Jan
22
Mon
Chapel Hill Bird Club @ Binkley Baptist Church
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm

The Chapel Hill Bird Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, 22 January 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. The featured speaker is Nathan Swick, who will present on The Field Guide in the Digital Age, an Evolution.

The field guide is one of the most indispensable tools in the birder’s toolbox, but the form has changed over the years as birders’ needs have changed. From Audubon to Peterson to Sibley to the digital realm, we’ll take a look at what works, what doesn’t, and why. Nate Swick, author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas, shares some of his own experiences in creating a field guide, and what he learned about this essential item.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

The Birding Field Guide in the Digital Age, an Evolution @ Binkley Baptist Church Lounge
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The field guide is one of the most indispensable tools in the birder’s toolbox, but the form has changed over the years as birders’ needs have changed. From Audubon to Peterson to Sibley to the digital realm, we’ll take a look at what works, what doesn’t, and why. Nate Swick, author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas, shares some of his own experiences in creating a field guide, and what he learned about this essential item.

Jan
23
Tue
Open Studio Explorations @ Our PlayHouse Preschool
Jan 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Our Chapel Hill campus is hosting several Open Studio Explorations for parents and children (walking to prekindergarten). Open Studio Explorations are hour long, open ended experiences where children are invited to use the materials in the studio to create at their own pace. Please visit our website to learn more and RSVP to reserve a spot. http://ourplayhousepreschool.com/open-studio-explorations/

Jan
25
Thu
Hungry Harvest Triangle Press Event @ Bridge Club
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come see firsthand how Hungry Harvest, Ashley Christensen, and the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle are teaming up to fight food waste, hunger, and food access issues in the Triangle. Join all three, in addition to Chapel Hill’s Andrea Reusing, at Ashley’s beautiful downtown Raleigh event space, the Bridge Club, for some rescued-produce inspired small plates created by the James Beard Award-winning chef, a farmer’s market-style display of rejected produce (and the chance to build your own harvest box), and discussion panel with thought leaders from around the Triangle who are addressing these major problems. Hungry Harvest Founder and CEO Evan Lutz will be in attendance, and this event is a great opportunity to hear his amazing story from its humble beginnings to its current expansion to the Triangle community.

New Zealand without Sauvignon Blanc @ The Granary
Jan 25 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

New Zealand – The country that singlehandedly placed Sauvignon Blanc in the wine center stage. Many only think of New Zealand as a country that produces the tropical fruit, crisp, citrusy, grassy Sauvignon Blancs that many like to quaff during summer months. But this country produces so much more – high-elevation Pinot Noir, minerally red blends made from Bordeaux varietals, and even crisp Sparkling wines made in the Champagne Method.
$50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. Reserve at 919.542.2121.

Jan
28
Sun
Open House & Community Event @ Our PlayHouse Preschool
Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for our January Open House & Community Event. This drop in event allows parents and children to explore the classrooms and meet the staff. We will also be working together to build two murals for our school playgrounds.

Open House & Community Event @ Our PlayHouse Preschool
Jan 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us for our January Open House & Community Event. This drop in event allows parents and children to explore the classrooms and meet the staff. We will also be working together to build two murals for our school playgrounds.

Feb
3
Sat
Family Law Clinic @ n/a
Feb 3 @ 1:00 pm

Schedule a 45-minute appointment with a team consisting of an attorney
and a law student. They can help answer questions around divorce,
separation, child support, custody, and landlord-tenant issues. Call
919-968-4610 to register.

Feb
6
Tue
Everyday Practices of Nonviolence & Nonviolent Communication for Individuals, Couples and Groups @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Feb 6 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

Catherine Cadden and Jesse Wiens, co-authors of The Ongo Book: Everyday Nonviolence, will introduce their book and talk about how to use it for creating more peace, compassion, and wisdom in both your inner and outer world. Our time together will include experiencing some of the practices in the book, which emphasize practical applications of mindfulness, Nonviolent Communication, and more in everyday life situations. This evening will have a special focus on the integration of these practices with Zen Buddhism. Based on the authors’ work on six continents with communities, organizations, and ordinary people from all walks of life, the book offers a progression of learning that supports individuals, couples, and groups to be nonviolent in the real world.

“Using a wealth of wisdom and techniques from the many traditions they have explored, Catherine and Jesse have put together an impressively thorough and well-crafted program for spiritual development and well-being. I am frankly amazed by their daring and skill.”
– Norman Fischer, Zen priest, author of Experience: Thinking, Writing, Language and Religion and What is Zen?

“Born from a clever idea – to make long term contemplative practice doable at home – this book brims with useful advice. You will be encouraged to prioritize the values of meditative life, like compassion and clarity, in the midst of your ordinary situation. Organized to be accessible to solo practitioners, pairs or partners, and groups, the framework makes The Ongo Book practices highly adaptable.”
– Sharon Salzberg, author of Lovingkindness and Real Happiness

“In a hurried and harried world, here are some basic and potentially powerful ideas about how to remain stable and unrocked. My guess is they will become more valuable as our various external crises deepen, and some of the distractions on which we currently lean begin to show their shallowness.”
– Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and co-founder of 350.org

“I once asked Marshall Rosenberg what it would take for me to ‘really learn this stuff.’ His answer: ‘Practice, practice, practice’” My Companion Workbook was written to offer practice in learning the NVC model, and now Jesse and Catherine take us further and deeper, providing practices to really get it in our bones, from the inside out. I highly recommend The Ongo Book as a way to take Marshall’s suggestion to heart!”
– Lucy Leu, author of Nonviolent Communication Companion Workbook and co-founder of the Freedom Project

Feb
10
Sat
Ansley Herring Wegner – This Day in NC History @ McIntyre's Books
Feb 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Matching up history with the calendar, Ansley Wegner shares with readers a day-by-day chronicle highlighting topics of importance to North Carolina history, from sensational crimes to top-selling records to homegrown businesses. This keepsake illustrated volume, fun and informative for all ages, had its genesis as a blog, issued daily for four years on the web and on broadcast outlets.
Ansley Herring Wegner, a native of Wilson, has worked in the North Carolina Office of Archives and History since 1994 and has been the administrator of the Highway Historical Marker Program since 2014. She is the author of History for All the People: One Hundred Years of Public History in North Carolina and Phantom Pain: North Carolina’s Artificial-Limbs Program for Confederate Veterans.

Feb
15
Thu
FREE Family Law Information Session @ n/a
Feb 15 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Family Law Information Session is perfect for someone who has
general questions about family law issues including divorce, separation,
child custody, child support, landlord-tenant issues, and more. Three
local attorneys will lead the discussion. This event is free and free
childcare is provided. Call 919-968-4610 to register.

Feb
16
Fri
Beginning Zen Practice: A Class with David Guy @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Feb 16 @ 7:30 pm – Mar 19 @ 9:00 pm

Beginning Zen Practice
A Class with David Guy
February 12 – March 19
Monday nights, 7:30-9:00

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

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.

We will begin on the first night 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.

The class will meet at the Chapel Hill Zen Center on Monday nights for six weeks, from 7:30 to 9:00. The class will run from February 12 to March 19. The cost will be $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 at the Chapel Hill Zen Center. 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

Feb
17
Sat
Story Time, Puppet Show & Art Activity @ Carrboro Branch Library
Feb 17 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am

Story Time, Puppet Show and Art Activity on Saturday, Feb. 17th from 10:30-11:30 am at the Carrboro Branch Library located inside McDougle Middle School at 900 Old Fayetteville Road Chapel Hill 27516. The activities are inspired by the book Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Recommended ages are 4-9. Free. (rescheduled from January due to inclement weather). This program brought to you by Carrboro Branch Library and Puppet Show Incorporated. For more info. 919-969-3006 jsmith@orangecountync.gov or puppetshowinc@gmail.com. https://www.puppetshowinc.org/
http://www.orangecountync.gov/departments/library/index.php

Feb
18
Sun
Children’s Program Sunday Mornings, 9:00-11:00 @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

The Zen Center’s Children’s program offers children four years and older a place in the Zen Center sangha through a variety of activities, including meditation, story, craft, song, and movement, as well as participation in Zen Center events and celebrations throughout the year. In each meeting, the children have the space and time to practice living mindfully and learn about Buddhist teachings and contexts while giving their parents an opportunity to meditate in the concurrent adult program.

To sign up, or for more information, please contact Maura High, the program coordinator, at maurahigh@gmail.com.

Upcoming dates: March 11 & 25, April 8 & 29, May 20, June 3