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Drinking Liberally


Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 3:00pm


The Station, Carrboro

Public workshop on regional transit

Series 2 public workshops:

The Triangle Regional Transit Program is moving forward with dedicated, passionate partners, including transportation and government organizations. However, our vision cannot come to fruition without your vital input. You, the public, are our client, our customer. And for our plans to be meaningful, we need to hear your thoughts and insight about the Triangle’s transit future.

So what do you think? Please join us for one of the upcoming public meetings so your voice can be heard. With meetings being held throughout the Triangle, there is sure to be one convenient to you. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you cannot make one of the public meetings, you can participate in the public involvement process in a number of ways. Please contact us to find out more.


Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm


Carrboro Century Center

Project Homeless Connect

Project Homeless Connect Orange County (PHC) is a one-day, one-stop center to link people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness with a broad range of services. Guests are offered assistance with housing, employment, health and dental care, foot care, mental health care, veterans’ benefits, social service benefits, legal services, and more. They also receive lunch and are offered haircuts, showers, and coats.  


Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 5:00am to 11:30am


Hargraves Community Center 216 N. Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

Friends of the Downtown monthly meeting

Friends of the Downtown Meeting
Thursday, July 29, 2010
10:00 AM, coffee starting at 9:30 AM
Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
The Friends of the Downtown will be hosting Dan Douglas, Director of Urban Planning and Urban Design for Kling Stubbins, the consulting firm hired by the Town of Chapel Hill and the Downtown Partnership to develop the Downtown Development Framework & Action Plan; a guide for downtown development for the next five to eight years. ( Douglas will present the draft plan for public comments and questions.
The Friends of the Downtown August 26th meeting will feature a speaker discussing the future development at University Square; 123 West Franklin (
Parking is available behind the hotel. For information on public transit options - please click here  Friends of the Downtown meetings are free and open to the public. 
For more information please contact Pat Evans at patevans (at)


Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:30am


Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Hillsborough Town Board hearing on rail station plan

WHAT: Public Hearing on Proposed Rail Station Plan

WHEN: 7 p.m. July 26

WHERE: Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St. Access parking from East Corbin Street.


Monday, July 26, 2010 - 3:00pm


Town Barn, 101 E. Orange St., Hillsborough

Election Day


Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:30am to 3:30pm

Early Voting - Primary Runoff Election


Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 4:00am to Saturday, June 19, 2010 - 9:00am


Orange County Board of Elections, 208 South Cameron Street, Hillsborough

Primary Runoff Election


Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:30am to 3:30pm

Memorial Day Commemoration for Victims of War

Via e-mail from Peggy Misch:

Annual Memorial Day Commemoration for Victims of War:  Speaker Randy Best, Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of the Triangle, focuses on Afghanistan.  2-3:30 PM, Mon, May 31, Carrboro Town Commons, West Main and Laurel Sts.  Proclamation, readings, music.  Sponsored by Orange County Peace Coalition.  929-3316, 419-1261. 


Monday, May 31, 2010 - 10:00am


Carrboro Town Commons, West Main Street at Laurel Street

Screening of "Papers" documentary

Via Facebook:

Adelante Education Coalition, Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate, and Chapel Hill High School's Latino Student Association to screen "Papers" documentary in Chapel Hill

Film highlights the stories of undocumented youth; Community discussion on immigration issues to follow

CHAPEL HILL - Every year, 65,000 undocumented students in the United States graduate from high school without legal status - without"papers." Many of these students know the U.S. as their home, yet without proof of residence cannot drive, work, or apply for state ID,and could be deported to a country they do not remember.

"Papers" is a feature-length documentary that tells the story of these undocumented youth, and the obstacles they face when they graduate from high school. The Adelante Education Coalition will host a free screening of "Papers". The evening will feature opening remarks and poetry readings from current and former Chapel Hill High School students. A community discussion on immigration led by Blue Ribbon Mentor-Advocate coordinator Graig Meyer will follow the film.

DATE: Wednesday, May 26

TIME: Doors open at 6:30 p.m., event starts at 7 p.m.

This is a free event

Childcare and snacks provided

Spanish Interpretation available

The Adelante Education Coalition is a collaboration among nonprofit organizations that focus on advocacy and public policy, community organizing and grassroots support. The coalition works to ensure that North Carolina has a high-quality K-12 and post-secondary public education system. For more information and a list of coalition members, please visit   


Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:00pm


Hanes Theatre, Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill



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