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21st Annual RSVVP Day - Dine out to support IFC

"RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (The Vs are Roman numeral 5s, so V+V=10). Participating restaurants will contribute 10% of their total proceeds on that day to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.

In 2008, 105 Orange County restaurants participated, raising $21,034.72 to help IFC Food Programs. During the past 20 years, Orange County restaurants have contributed $329,448, and over half a million dollars have been raised Triangle-wide.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants:


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:00am

2009 Town Treasures recognition

From Chapel Hill Magazine's blog:

For the second consecutive year, the Chapel Hill Historical Society will bestow the title of “Town Treasure” upon 12 individuals and couples who have made their mark on our town’s history.

Among this year’s class are a UNC basketball legend, a dairy farmer, two gardeners, two former mayors, the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a former UNC chancellor. Many of them will attend a public reception at the Chapel Hill Museum on Oct. 15 at 5:30pm, where they will be recognized by Mayor Kevin Foy. An exhibit featuring text from interviews with the honorees and photos of them taken by award-winning photographer Catharine Carter will be on display at the museum through the fall and will then move to its permanent location at the Seymour Senior Center.



Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 1:30pm


Chapel Hill Museum, at the intersection of East Franklin and North Boundary Streets in Chapel Hill

OCDP Carrboro Mayor and Aldermen Candidate Forum

October 22, 2009 – Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Lake Hogan Farms Club House, 101 Commons Way.
A forum featuring Carrboro Mayor and Aldermen Candidates co-hosted by the Hogan Farms and Town Hall precincts.


Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 3:00pm


Lake Hogan Farms Club House, 101 Commons Way, Carrboro

OCDP breakfast with Hillsborough Mayor and Council Candidates

September 26, 2009, Saturday,
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Occoneeche Steak House, 378 S Churton St., Hillsborough, NC
A forum featuring Hillsborough Mayor and Council Candidates at the Orange County Democratic Breakfast.


Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:00am


Occoneeche Steak House, 378 S Churton St., Hillsborough

NAACP School Board Candidate Forum

Thanks to MaryAnne for the tip.


Monday, September 21, 2009 - 3:00pm


St. Paul AME Church, Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill

Mayoral Debate

Got this from a candidate's calendar, not sure whose debate it is. Maybe DTH?


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:00pm



Citizens for Responsible Government candidate Meet and Greet

Received via OP contact form:

On Sept 20 4-6 pm at the Franklin Hotel Roberts Bar,

Citizens For Responsible Government is hosting a CH candidate Meet and Greet. Guests will have the opportunity to talk informally with candidates.


Sunday, September 20, 2009 - 12:00pm


The Franklin Hotel

NRG Conversation with Mayoral Candidates

Via e-mail:

Neighbors for Responsible Growth (NRG) will hold a "Conversation with the
Mayoral Candidates" on Sunday, October 18, 3 - 5 pm at the Chapel Hill
Public Library.  All are invited.


Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11:00am


Chapel Hill Public Library

NRG Candidate Forum

Via e-mail:

Neighbors for Responsible Growth (NRG) will hold a candidate forum for the
eight Council candidates on Wednesday, September 23 at Town Hall from 7 - 9
pm.  The event will be televised on the local channel and moderated by
former Mayor Jonathan Howes.  All are invited.



Wednesday, September 23, 2009 - 3:00pm


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

Orange County Environmental Summit

Found on Sierra Club website, but not a Sierra Club event.

Orange County Environmental Summit

Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m-12 p.m.

North Carolina Botanical Garden's Education Center, Chapel Hill (Old Mason Farm Rd.)

This event is not sponsored by the Sierra Club. The following paragraph was adapted from a portion of a press release by the Orange County Environment and Resource Conservation Department.

Keynote speaker Dr. Larry Band will discuss storm water sustainability in Orange County watersheds. Dr. Band is the Director of the UNC Institute for the Environment and a Voit Gilmore Distinguished Professor in the Geography Department. There will also be a panel of experts who will discuss issues pertaining to the quality and quantity of water resources in the county followed by questions from the audience. Following the summit there will be an optional tour of the Botanical Garden’s brand new Education Center. This will be the first public event held at the Center, which was built using a variety of “green building” technologies intended to achieve LEED-Platinum certification.


Saturday, September 12, 2009 - 6:00am


North Carolina Botanical Garden's Education Center, Chapel Hill



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