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Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 10:00am to 2:00pm


451 Lakeshore Lane, Chapel Hill.

Sustain Foundation Community TrailFest

Come out to Community Trailfest and celebrate the new trail guides created by the Sustain Foundation to highlight trails in the local Chapel Hill and Carrboro area! The Community Trailfest is the launch event for the guides and will be held on Sunday, April 26th from 11 am – 1 pm on the lawn at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Vendors will be at the event showcasing their products, and information will be provided about the different trails and their locations.

Speaking at the event will be Sustain Foundation founder and Executive Director Kerry Brewer, Trailheads Director Steve Hoge and Fleet Feet owner Brian White.  Hoge will speak on the mental, physical and philosophical sides of forest preservation and trail running, and White will address the importance of the trails to area running enthusiasts and of maintaining the trails for the benefit of the community.

“Chapel Hill and Carrboro have some great trails for runners, walkers and bikers, but most of them are not recorded anywhere,” said Brewer.  “We hope these maps will facilitate and promote healthier lifestyles, taking advantage of our beautiful, natural settings, and prompt our community to participate in preservation efforts.”

Sponsors for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro trail guides are Fleet Feet Carrboro, Franklin Street Realty, Friends of Bolin Creek, Balanced Physical Therapy, the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Townsend Bertram and Company, and Trailheads running club.       
This should be a great event for people of all ages to learn more about how to take care of their minds and bodies and where to do so in their surrounding environment. Community Trailfest is free and open to the public.


Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 7:00am to 9:00am


Weaver Street Market Carrboro

Carolina North Fiscal Impact Analysis Presentation

On Tuesday evening, March 31, at 7 :00 p.m.  the consultants who prepared the fiscal impact analysis for Carolina North will present their final report.  You can see the report at . 

The meeting will be held in the Wicker Classroom (Room 2603) of the School of Government.  You can park after 5:00 p.m. in the SOG parking deck or at metered spaces on South Road.  The paid parking in the NC 54 visitor's lot and the Rams Head deck.  The SOG is served by CH transit routes RU, G, S and V.  



Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 3:00pm


School of Government, Wicker Classroom

Community Book Forum: Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy

The Carrboro Cybrary and Carrboro Recreation & Parks invite the community to read Small is Possible: Life in a Local Economy by Lyle Estill. Lyle is a founder of Piedmont Biofuels and he will be leading this discussion along with Michael Tiemann, a founder of the Open Source movement, and William (B.J.) Lawson, PLENTY Revitalization Board Member. This book is focused on the local economy in Chatham County, and will be valuable to anyone interested in sustainability, co-ops, biodiesel, whole foods, slow food, technology, small business, and more. Copies of the book can be borrowed from the Cybrary.

Book Description:

In an era when incomprehensibly complex issues like Peak Oil and climate change dominate headlines, practical solutions at a local level can seem somehow inadequate.

In response, Lyle Estill’s Small is Possible introduces us to “hometown security,” with this chronicle of a community-powered response to resource depletion in a fickle global economy. True stories, springing from the soils of Chatham County, North Carolina, offer a positive counterbalance to the bleakness of our age.

This is the story of how one small southern US town found actual solutions to actual problems. Unwilling to rely on the government and wary of large corporations, these residents discovered it is possible for a community to feed itself, fuel itself, heal itself, and govern itself.

This book is filled with newspaper columns, blog entries, letters, and essays that have appeared on the margins of small-town economies. Tough subjects are handled with humor and finesse. Compelling stories of successful small businesses, from the grocery co-op to the biodiesel co-op, describe a town and its people on a genuine quest for sustainability.


One of my favorite ideas in this book is the idea of open source. Once you let go of this idea that everything must be copyrighted, everything must be owned and protected in order to make money, you become free. Open source ideas quickly foster a more open community, a more open and honest society. A gropu of people or organizaitons all start working toward a common goal rather than all working against one another. Beautiful, isn't it?

Another beautiful idea is that a community needs a variety of people and businesses to thrive. And that as you begin living locally- and begin working toward a healthy community - people and businesses find their niches. And when you find your own niche within the local economy, your own happiness rises. Your sense of well-being increases when you realize your positive and necessary contribution to society.

As we go further into debt and economic security throughout the world, nurturing our small, local, sustainable businesses and infrastructure will become increasingly important. I recommend this book.
~ Melinda from The Blogging Bookworm

More reviews are linked from:


Friday, June 5, 2009 - 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Carrboro Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St.

Municipal Candidate Filing Begins

2009 municipal and Chapel Hill/Carrboro School Board election filing will begin on Monday, July 6th at 8:00am and conclude on Friday, July 17th at noon.


Monday, July 6, 2009 - 4:00am



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