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Candidates Forum with David Price & BJ Lawson

Ask them yourself! US Rep David Price (D) & BJ Lawson (R) 
debate the issues at a candidates' forum co-sponsored by the Independent Weekly & Public may submit questions to the candidates at the event or in advance by e-mailing [email protected] The 4th Congressional District includes Durham, Orange & parts of Chatham & Western Wake (Cary, Fuquay, Holly Springs, New Hill, Morrisville) counties. In the second-floor public space of the Durham Transportation Center, 515 W Pettigrew St. 


Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:30pm


Durham Transportation Center, 515 W Pettigrew St., Durham

Local NAACP launch for national One Nation Working Together march

Eloise Hamilton

NAACP- Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chapter

(919) 682-4930

[email protected]com





            CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Chapel Hill/Carrboro branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is hosting a launch event at Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010, at 6 p.m., to support participants of the One Nation Working Together March On Washington on Saturday October 2, 2010. 

            The NAACP hopes to bring together the social justice community in support of more than 50 local residents  and 50 UNC students who will board buses in Chapel Hill and make the trek from Chapel Hill to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to fight for jobs, affordable housing and education. 

            The March on Washington is a symbolic representation of the historic march that occurred in 1963 where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of over 200,000 supporters advocating civil and economic rights for African-Americans.  The goal of “One Nation Working Together” is to mobilize the nation as one to put Americans back to work, stimulate the economy, ensure the protection, civil rights, and liberties of all people, and invest in high-quality education for all youth.

            Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend.

            Buses are leaving the University Mall at 4 a.m. on Saturday and will return at 11 p.m. the same day.  The cost to ride is $45/person and one meal is included.




To sign-up to ride the bus and participate in the March on Washington, contact Quintin Laws at 919-475-6403, or visit for more information.

The launch event is open to the public; all members of the community are encouraged to attend. Members of the NAACP will be collecting  donations for scholarships to send low-income residents to Washington, as well as for food and beverages on the trip. 

For more information about the launch event, contact Michelle Laws at [email protected].

The mission of the NAACP is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights for all persons and to eliminate racial discrimination.

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Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 2:00pm


Vimala’s Curryblossom Cafe

Public Forum on 2010 Sidewalk Construction Program


Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

Meeting on proposed changes to Parent Organization Policy

Invitation to Presidents and Treasurers of Orange County Schools Parent Organizations
Presidents and Treasurers of Orange County Schools (OCS) Parent Organizations are invited to attend an informational meeting hosted by the OCS Finance Department. This meeting allows you to provide feedback on proposed changes to the School Board's Parent Organization Policy #5010 (

When: September 30, 2010
Time: 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.
Where: A.L. Stanback Library/Media Center


Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 3:00pm


A.L. Stanback Library/Media Center

Women's Agenda Assembly


The Women's Agenda Assembly is a forum for women's issues in our county. Our objective is to discuss four main issues: access to health care, civic participation and equality, economic self-sufficiency, and violence against women. Please register to hear about these issues and discuss them with your peers!

A statewide nonprofit, NC Women United, drafts a general women's agenda with detailed policy proposals for each installment of the forums, and coordinators and committee members plan assemblies at the local level. We recommend that you take a look at the Draft Agenda prior to the assembly.


We are still looking for volunteers for this event! We have the following needs:

  • Facilitators: Guide discussion among groups of 10 (training provided!)
  • Scribes: Record discussion from small groups.
  • Registration: Help set up the event and check in participants.



Questions? Contact The Women's Center (919)968-4610


Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm


New Hope Camp and Conference Center, 4805 NC 86

Carrboro Music Festival

Our day long, free festival features music at various indoor and outdoor venues. The outdoor sites present music until dark, while some of the indoor venues go well into the evening.

13th annual Carrboro Music Festival
will take place on 
Sunday, September 26th, 2010.

25 venues will be used to present all the music


Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 9:00am


All over Carrboro


Every fall, 15,000 visitors flock to downtown Chapel Hill to experience Festifall, Orange County’s premier outdoor arts festival. The annual event always provides crowds an excellent opportunity to see and buy arts and crafts from a select group of regional artisans, and to witness some of the finest dance groups and bands around. But this year, event-goers will be able to engage with the arts with all their senses.

New attractions will give folks a chance to create individual and community works of art, sample fare from many of downtown’s nationally acclaimed restaurants, and experience the Kid’s Canvas, a family-friendly zone sure to please children of all ages.


Sunday, October 3, 2010 - 9:00am to 2:00pm


West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Orange County Arts Commission Open House

The Orange County Arts Commission will welcome friends and visitors to its new location at the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau on Wednesday, September 8, 2010, from 3-6 pm.
Please stop by and say hello as the Arts Commission begins its work at its new home. Same board,same mission statement and same program director, Martha Shannon, but new digs that we’d love for you to see.
Food, cold refreshments, music and art.
Parking in the back of the Bentley Building
RSVP to Martha Shannon, Orange County Arts Commission
501 West Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:00am to 2:00pm


501 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Carolina North Public Information Meeting

Carolina North Public Information Meeting

A public information meeting will be held at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, to receive comments and feedback on the UNC-Chapel Hill 2010 Carolina North Annual Report to the Town of Chapel Hill. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic campus on university-owned property along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, two miles north of the main campus. University and Town representatives signed a development agreement a year ago that covers the first 20 years of development on the site. 

The report to be presented on Sept. 29 describes the activity on the Carolina North site in the past fiscal year (July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010). Most of those activities relate to the recreational uses that residents make of the Carolina North Forest. Read the report online: 

The report is a requirement of the Carolina North Development Agreement, containing updates on various topics, including housing, parking, land use, greenways and construction activities. The Campus-to-Campus Connector Report, a one-time requirement of the Development Agreement, is included in Attachment VI of the report. While there has been a delay in construction at Carolina North, the report is part of the structure established by the Development Agreement for providing continued town-gown communication. 

Town Manager Roger Stancil will review the report and the public input before reporting to the Town Council on his review of the development agreement and its requirements. 

Send comments about the annual report or other issues related to Carolina North at any time to [email protected] or write Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department, Carolina North, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. 

The 2010 Annual Report and other information can be found on the Town's website: 

Carolina North Main Page schedule of various activities and main news items, including the Annual Report 
Public Participation detailed description of various communication and participation efforts in the past year 
Campus to Campus background materials, public comments and community emails about the project 
Minor Modifications description of the process and modification materials 
FAQs - answers many of the frequent questions about the Carolina North project and the agreement 


Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 1:15pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

Sierra Club screening "Fresh"

Screening of Fresh

Wednesday, October 13, 7-9 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library (100 Library Dr.; directions)

We've learned a lot about what's wrong with the American food system--fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides made out of fossil fuels, polluted water, poisoned produce, and don't even mention processed foods loaded with fat and sugar. Fresh is an up-beat look at how we can grow and distribute food that's better for human heath and the health of the planet. NYU nutrition professor Marion Nestle says "It's a must see for everyone who eats." Please join us for a screening and discussion. (Official movie website.)


Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 3:00pm


Chapel Hill Public LIbrary, 100 Library Drive



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