Rock for Reproductive Rights

Dear friends, for the fifth year in a row, Ipas is kicking of the holidays with the Rock for Reproductive Rights benefit concert.  I am thrilled that we've managed to secure not only the local talent Caitlin Cary, but also Cajun stars Michael Doucet, and Ann and Marc Savoy.  So thrilled, in fact, that I'm cutting short a trip to Africa to be back to help MC the program!

If you like good music, and you like to dance, and you value the lives of women, I hope you'll come out in December and support us -- and maybe even consider being a sponsor!

Cheers, Kirsten

Rock for Reproductive Rights

On Saturday, December 6th, Ipas will show its holiday spirit with the fifth annual Rock for Reproductive Rights benefit concert!
We're particularly excited about the 2008 lineup. The evening will begin with the incomparable Caitlin Cary. "Rock, country, soul and folk smoothly blend together with Cary's gorgeous vocals serving as the unifying force," says entertainment reviewer Michael Berick. Caitlin is a founding member of the band Tres Chicas, and has recorded several tantalizing duets with Thad Cockerell. This will be the second time Caitlin has leant her voice to Ipas's cause – Tres Chicas mesmerized the audience during the 2005 Rock for Reproductive Rights.

Next we'll break out our Mardi Gras beads and our best swamp dancin' shoes for the Savoy Doucet Cajun Band, featuring Michael Doucet, the Grammy award-winning lead singer and fiddler from Beausoleil, and Ann and Marc Savoy, both Louisiana musicians. In 2005, Doucet was one of 12 recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA award, which recognizes artistic excellence, cultural authenticity and an artist's contributions, is the highest honor in U.S. folk and traditional arts. OffBeat magazine has described Ann Savoy as "cajun music's cultural ambassador." She plays cajun music in the movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and produced a Grammy-nominated recording of cajun music that includes performances by Linda Ronstadt and John Fogerty. Ann and accordionist-husband Marc — also an NEA Heritage Fellow— perform around the world. Marc's performances include three presidential inaugurations and shows at the John F. Kennedy Center, the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London and the Newport Folk Festival. He also appeared in the PBS documentary, "American Roots."

Ipas works around the globe to increase women's reproductive rights and to save women's lives in places where abortion is illegal or inaccessible. With local, national and global partners, Ipas strives to ensure that women can obtain safe, respectful and comprehensive abortion care, including counseling and family-planning services. Ipas trains health-care providers to improve health services, promotes appropriate technologies and works with policymakers and advocates to improve health policies and practices.

We hold the concert each year to raise money for our work and to educate the local community about unsafe abortion and the toll it takes on women and on their families and communities. The World Health Organization estimates that almost 70,000 women die from unsafe abortions each year, and five million are injured.

Tickets can be purchased by calling the ArtsCenter at (919)929-2787 or online at the ArtsCenter website.

You can support Ipas by sponsoring the concert with a tax deductible contribution. Concert sponsors who donate $50 or more will receive two complimentary tickets to the concert. We appreciate your support. Click here to make a donation.


Saturday, December 6, 2008 - 3:00pm


ArtsCenter, 300 East Main St, Carrboro

5th Annual "Build-A-Home" EmPOWERment Fundraiser

Via Evite:

for the
5th Annual "Build-A-Home" Fundraiser
December 3, 2008
Puzzle Pieces (Tickets) are 25.00
**Live music provided by Holden Thorp and Terri Houston, hors d'oeuvres, live/silent auctions**




Wednesday, December 3, 2008 - 12:30pm


Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill

WCOM on NBC-17

Click here for the video.


WCOM, a Carrboro-based radio station run solely by volunteers, is trying to get the word out about its mission and get some more support from the community.

The 100-watt radio station, which broadcasts about five miles, was started in 2004. The content is all community-based with more than 60 shows on the air. The variety of programs range from the local music scene to bilingual to youth programs. And despite the little funding the station has, it broadcasts live on the web 24/7.

But Jackie Helvey, WCOM's website designer, said keeping the place running on virtually no funding or advertising has been quite a challenge. She said many people don't even know the station exists, so getting money can be tough to come by.

"We need underwriting," said Helvey. "We need people willing to donate 15 dollars a month."

Local governments withhold public access TV funds

It seems like Chapel Hill and Orange County are giving our local public access provider quite the run around, when they should be giving them money! The programming on The Peoples Channel includes a wide variety of creative output and civic endeavors by local residents, plus they also carry the essential Democracy Now! If you don't find what you want on channel 8, you can march right in to the station, get low-cost training, and fill that gap. This nonprofit TV station is a tremendous asset to our community, and it deserves to be fully funded by our local governments.

Both Chapel Hill and Orange County received money for Chapel Hill channel 8, on which The People's Channel broadcasts.

Yet neither government has passed that money on to The People's Channel. The law says local governments must spend the supplemental money on PEG channels, but it doesn't specify which channels.

Women's Center Annual Art Show


Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands

LEAP DAY 2008 -- Purchase Your Tickets Now!

One Special Day...Three Special Events....

You are cordially invited to the 24th annual Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands Crafts Artisans Show which will be held on Friday, February 29, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel, 1 Europa Drive in Chapel Hill.

This all-day event will celebrate the work and vision of North Carolinan women artisans, and will include a Luncheon and Cocktail party to benefit the programs and services of The Women's Center.

Local Olympian, Joan Nesbit Mabe, will be the featured Luncheon speaker. Work by local craftswomen will be on sale all day and evening. Purchase your mother's day, wedding and graduation gifts here! Sales will continue during a NEW evening cocktail party.

Friday, February 29, 2008
Luncheon: 12 - 1pm
NEW! Cocktail Party: 5-7pm
Craft Art for Sale: 10:30am-2:30pm and 5-7pm

Luncheon Keynote Speaker:
Olympic runner and local resident, Joan Nesbit Mabe, will be the keynote speaker at the luncheon. Joan is a three time NCAA All-American in cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track; a member of the 1996 Olympic team; the current US masters record holder in the 1,500m and indoor mile; and a world record holder for 45-49 age group in the indoor mile. With all of these athletic accomplishments, she still states that her greatest lifetime achievements are her three daughters. Joan dedicates her time to her community of Chapel Hill by coaching "See Jane Run" - a group for mothers who run; The Chapel Hill Carrboro Pacers - a youth running group for ages 7-15; and The Carrboro Athletics Club - an elite training group for men and women.

Proceeds from Through Women's Eyes, By Women's Hands supports the work of The Women's Center.


Friday, February 29, 2008 - 5:30am to 2:00pm


Sheraton Hotel, Europa Drive



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