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Duke Energy Rate Hike Public Hearing

Via NCWARN:

N.C. Utilities Commission public hearing on the rate hike requested by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy is rigging rates to force you to pay for climate-wrecking power plants we don't even need. The company creates demand for electricity by attracting data centers and other large users to North Carolina by offering dirt-cheap rates. The cost of building these new power plants is shifted onto smaller customers. Residential rates will increase an average of 13.9% if Duke gets its way, and rates for small to medium-sized businesses will go up as much as 10.7%.

Date: 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Orange County Courthouse, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

BOCC Budget Public Hearing

Date: 

Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Location: 

Southern Human Services Center, 2501 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill

Wild Foods Dinner Benefit (Anti-Fracking)

Come out to enjoy an evening of music and wild edible delights. We’re preparing a fixed plate gourmet feast featuring wild-harvested super nourishing foods from the Piedmont, including wild mushrooms, traditionally processed acorns and a plethora of wild greens and flowers.

$25-50 sliding scale (no one turned away for lack of funds). We will have a limited amount. RSVP encouraged to croatanearthfirst@gmail.com Vegan and gluten-free options available upon request.

 

Date: 

Sunday, May 19, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location: 

Vimala's Curry Blossom Cafe 431 w. franklin st. Chapel Hill.

Orange County to Discuss Strategic Library Plan Tuesday Night

At 7:00 pm on Tuesday night, at the Southern Orange Human Services center at 2501 Homestead Rd in Chapel Hill, the Orange County Comissioners will discuss the Orange County Public Library Draft Strategic Plan for 2013 - 2016.  The draft plan can be found in the Work Session agenda (PDF) on the county website. 

The last time the library was discussed at the BOCC, the county staff suggested that the plan, which is being written up by Dr. Anthony Chow, an assistant professor in the Department of Library Science at UNC-Greensboro, would be critical to informing the site selection of the Southern Branch of the Orange County Library.  The plan begins on page 29 of the PDF after Dr. Chow's Curriculum Vitae.

Appendix A provides a link to a Library Needs Assessment with a completion date of January 2, 2013, which seems to be much more substantive, containing significant amounts of qualitative and quantitative data.

http://orangecountync.gov/library/documents/ocpl_community_needs_analysis_2013.pdf

2013 Treehugger's Ball April 27th Benefit Against Fracking

Presenting the acclaimed old-time, Southern Appalachian string band The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers!

Welcome in the Spring with a square dance benefit & silent auction with proceeds going to preserve the Piedmont and stop fracking from coming to North Carolina.

lesson at 7:30 p.m. dance at 8:00 on Saturday April 27th with a silent auction.

Location: The Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio
6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Rd.  in Saxapahaw, NC

Entrance: $10-20 donation $5 for kids under 16

Square Dance FAQ:

Is square dancing hard?

A: Most beginners feel that old-time square dancing is pretty easy. All you need to do is learn a few simple moves like “do-si-do” and “swing yo’ partner”. You can jump in and learn while dancing, or come early for the 7:30 intro to learn all you need to know. No fancy footwork is required and the caller tells you everything to do.

I’m so shy, what happens if I come to the dance all by my lonesome?

A: It’s a friendly scene – if you come all by yourself you’ll meet new people who like to dance and have fun.

Square dancing? Ha ha! Isn’t that the hokey cheeze we done in grade school PE?

A: Well now that you made it through puberty try it again, my friend. No puffy costumes required here, but for the full desired effect you must be willing to get hog wild.

What kind of clothes should I wear?

A: Wear something comfortable that expresses your personality. To say we’re an informal bunch is an understatement. Just make sure your private parts are covered and you are wearing some sort of shoes.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

A: You ought to wear soft-soled shoes. Shoes with smooth, thick leather soles or are preferred. Some tennis shoes or dress shoes with rubber soles could be okay if they have smoother, non-sticky soles. Please avoid wearing boots, tap dancing shoes, soccer cleats, ice-skates, or any other kind of footwear that will scuff the floor. Sandals usually don’t work too well. Bare feet present a high risk of pain and disfigurement, which may or may not be to your liking.

What’s the difference between contra dancing and old-time square dancing?

A: The two styles of dance are pretty similar and there is a lot of overlap in the crowds that attend each. There are a few differences, however:

Square dance callers tend to focus on traditional southern dances that can often be traced back through the centuries. Most contras are modern dances composed within the last 15 years that have been optimized to keep dancers walking through figures continuously, up and down a big line.

In old-time square dancing it is common for the caller to improvise calls on the fly, allowing for a dynamic interaction between the caller and the dancers. Contra dances are highly repetitive, which some people like because they can trance out as they move and up down the line. Old-time squares also have more “space” in the figures for dancers to express themselves with freestyle footwork.

At a typical square dance there will be more variety in dances, often including squares, half-sets, round dances, reels, waltzes, two-steps, and other regional dances that defy categorization. Most contra dances focus on long-line dances with occasional waltzes.

Old-time square dances feature string bands playing straight-up, hard-driving, old school banjo and fiddle music. Contra dances have more variety in the types of bands that play, but tend towards a more modern mix of Celtic, New England, and Old Time music, and often have keyboards and percussion in addition to fiddles

Date: 

Saturday, April 27, 2013 - 7:30pm

Location: 

The Paperhand Puppet Intervention Studio 6079 Swepsonville Saxapahaw Rd. in Saxapahaw, NC

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