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April 2017

Quilting -- It's All About Color
by Susanna Stewart


Color is what it is all about for me. Right now I am enjoying looking out the window and seeing splashes of bright yellow from the forsythias, dotted here and there by batches of daffodils and narcissi. Then there is the wonderful purple of the redbuds behind them. The love of using my hands to make things has translated over the years to gardening, stained glass creations, ceramic tile, photography, carpentry, and quilting. There was a time when I was engaged in all these efforts, but my focus in recent years has been chiefly on creating things out of fabric. To my great delight and astonishment, the fabric designers have in the last couple of decades gone wild with printing cotton with vibrantly colorful flowers. I found my niche: Flowers and fabric.


Principles and Conditions of Learning & Behavior
by Gaines Steer

Many moons ago (circa 1967) I was exposed in graduate school to the “Principles of and Conditions for Learning,” an unpublished treatise by two university professors: Horne and Pine. Today, these principles are ubiquitous, having underwritten legions of theories and practices in education and human service arenas as well as the family kitchen table and assorted athletic fields. These principles have withstood the test of our time. We could be thankful...


Feel lucky, punk? The fatal attraction of firearms
by Julian Sereno

Firearms, beloved by their enthusiasts and despised by their detractors, have been part of America since the arrival of the European settlers. While gun culture goes back that far, it has never flourished as it does in this day and age, nor has it ever been so crazy and rife with paradox.

This flourishing has come about through the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association and the receptivity of Republicans, in Congress, state houses and now the White House.


The Hispanic Liaison responds to community needs

During these challenging times for immigrant communities, The Hispanic Liaison is actively addressing the needs that local immigrants and leaders identified as their priorities -- information, education, direct services and advocacy.

The Siler City-based non-profit re-opened last summer with Ilana Dubester, the founding executive director, returning to lead the organization. She had served as director from 1995 until 2008. Read more...
El Vínculo Hispano responde a las necesidades de la comunidad

Durante estos momentos difíciles para la comunidad inmigrante, El Vínculo Hispano está activamente respondiendo a las necesidades prioritarias identificadas por la comunidad hispana y líderes de agencias – información, educación, atención al público y defensa de derechos.

La organización con sede en Siler City reabrió el verano del año pasado bajo el liderazgo de su fundadora, Ilana Dubester, quien fue la directora desde el 1995 hasta el 2008. Lee mas...

Communities In Schools of Chatham County Fundraiser

On Sunday, April 23, Communities In Schools of Chatham County will host our first annual Celebration of Educators fundraising event in downtown Siler City at the new Peppercorn Restaurant. This fundraising event will build sustaining support for youth in need throughout Chatham County and honor each of the 2017 Chatham County Teachers of the Year.

Festivities will begin in Siler City on the Downtown Rotary Stage at the NC Arts Incubator at 4 p.m.. Dinner will be served across the street from the stage at the beautiful Peppercorn Restaurant at 6 p.m..

Between 4 and 6 p.m., the event will feature live student performances on the Downtown Rotary Stage with student art displayed in the NC Arts Incubator and Courtyard Coffee & Soda Cafe. Music and Art will be presented from students representing the 17 schools of the Chatham County School District. The Mural Society of Siler City will give walking Tours of the unique Downtown Siler City Murals.


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Ribbon Cutting Celebration for 501 Pharmacy

The public is invited to attend the April 15th Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening Celebration for 501 Pharmacy, located at 98 Chapelton Court, Ste. 300, Chapel Hill. Please join us in supporting this new business. After a 12 noon Ribbon Cutting, refreshments from Subway will be available to guests.

501 Pharmacy is a Full Service Retail Pharmacy located at the Veranda, in front of the Briar Chapel community. The pharmacy strives to offer speedy service, consultations, compounding, free delivery within the area, and serve ice cream exclusively from Maple View Farms! 501 Pharmacy is owned by Han Su.

Register for Shared Learning’s free classes

Registration for free courses in the May - June schedule of the Shared Learning Association, Chapel Hill, is now open to its members and the public-at-large. The site where classes meet, as usual, is Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill 27514.

During May and June, seven courses, conducted by Shared Learning members, will be held on Monday or Tuesday mornings, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m., and 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with most classes meeting for eight weeks, once a week. Check the Shared Learning website ( for the Summer catalog which includes the schedule, course descriptions and registration page. Or, contact Nancy for more information or to receive a paper copy of the catalog: or 703.329.2933. The deadline for registration is May 1.

Nancy can also provide copies of the Shared Learning catalog for its Fall term, September 11 – December 15, 2017. Registration for any of the Fall 20 courses requires a modest membership fee, payment of which entitles a person to take as many courses as he/she wishes during the Fall and Spring terms.

The following are course titles for the Summer schedule. On Mondays: one course, 9:15 – 10:45 a.m., "Views on the News" and, two courses from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. "Turning Points in the History of the Middle East" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads." On Tuesdays: two courses from 9:15 – 10:45 a.m., “Death, Dying and Beyond as Viewed from World Cultures” and "Earth, the Biography" (five meetings), and two courses from 11 a.nm – 12:30 p.m., "Episodes from the History of Jazz" and "Travel Photography" (three meetings).

Edible & Medicinal Spring Plants Class

Meet, eat, and drink some of the abundant edible and medicinal plants growing wild in the NC Piedmont. "Planty" Kim Calhoun will offer her popular Edible & Medicinal Spring Plants class from 3-7 p.m. on Thursday afternoons, April 13th - May 18th. In this 6-week hands-on field study, we'll cover identification, ethical gathering, preparation, and usage of foraged food and plant medicine. Learn how to incorporate the healing and nourishment of wild plants into your everyday life through teas, tinctures, delicious food, and more.

We'll celebrate the arrival of spring as we explore a variety of local Chatham County environments and end our last class with our famous wild food inspired potluck. Class size is limited so save your space soon at Payment plans and some partial scholarships available. Handouts, recipes, and supplies included. Ages 14 years old and up are welcome. We meet rain or shine and participants need to be able to walk several miles over uneven terrain.

Relay for Life Golf Tournament

Chapel Ridge Champions, a Chatham County Relay for Life team, will host its seventh annual golf tournament on Saturday, April 22, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The tournament will take place at the Golf Club at Chapel Ridge, a Fred Couples designed course, at 1010 Chapel Ridge Drive in Pittsboro.

The four person scramble tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at noon. Players may sign up individually or as part of a team. The format includes an open men’s and women’s flight, as well as a flight for couples, with prizes being awarded to the top teams in each category. Other prize opportunities include closest to the pin, longest putt and hole-in-one. Dinner and raffle drawings will follow.

Entry fee per player for 18 holes of golf and dinner is $100. Deadline for registration is April 14.

To register for the event, contact Phil Sutphin at or call 919.542.1932. Registration forms are also available at the Golf Club at Chapel Ridge Pro Shop. Follow Chapel Ridge Champions on Facebook at

Orange County Community Dinner

The 20th Annual Orange County Community Dinner, celebrating our communities rich cultural diversity through food and entertainment, will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017, 1 p..m at McDougle Schools Cafeteria, 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Carrboro. Since its first dinner, the event has fed over 13,000 people.

The dinner will feature food from Mama Dip's Kitchen and many other local restaurants and local organizations.

In 2014 the dinner won a National League of Cities Award for Cultural Diversity, and this year some of our sponsors include Orange County Department of Housing, Human Rights and Community Development, The Towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill, WCHL Radio, Orange County Public Libraries, UNC Health Care, The Cultural Arts Group, Friends of the Robert and Pearl Seymour Center, Mama Dip’s Kitchen and Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library.

Our entertainment will include Chinese and Mexican dancing, UNC's Harmonix A Capella group and the Blame It On My Youth Jazz Band.

This year the Mayors of Carrboro and Chapel Hill and the Chairman of the Orange County Board of County Commissioners will deliver Proclamations honoring the event.

Tickets are $8.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 10 and under. We also underwrite tickets for families in need and people with disabilities. For more information, please visit or call Nerys Levy at 919.932.1533.


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