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Ms. Green lists federal and state and local energy programs

Even though the federal tax credits that were so generous for energy efficiency in years past have pretty much gone away, there are still credits for solar energy and geothermal, and you should always check with your utility to see if they have an energy efficiency program. Progress Energy’s H.E.I.P. program has undergone some changes, more...

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ArtBreak opens artist studios to public

On April 28 and 29, eight artists will be displaying their art at four studios in beautiful Chatham County. This art event is entitled “ArtBrake” and will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. All of the studios are a few minutes from Chapel Hill, and near Frosty’s Trading Post (located at the intersection of Crawford Dairy Road and Jones Ferry Road). The artists have been working as artisans for many years and are well known for their interesting and unique work. Their art varies from the abstract to the real, oil to water, mixed fiber to extraordinary metal sculpture, whimsical wood and found object murals, wood furniture, and fine wood turnings. No two art pieces will be alike. You will have the opportunity to talk with the artists, learn where they get their inspiration from, and see demos of some of their techniques.

The eight artists include: Linda Anderson, painting; Paul and Ginger Bauer, metal sculpture; Orlan Johnson, woodturning; Stacy Lewis, water media painting; Christie Minchew, 2-D and 3-D mixed fiber art; Chuck Minchew, woodworking; and Dick Seed, wood sculpture and wood murals.

More details about the artists as well as a map locating each studio can be found at (or call 919.942.0297).

Woods Charter School Community Yard Sale

Woods Charter School is holding its fifth annual sale. Saturday, April 28, 7 a.m – noon. Adult, infant, and children’s clothing. Toys, books, videos, CDs and electronics, household, lawn and garden items.

Woods Charter School is located about 1/4 of a mile north of Fearrington Village off U.S. 15 501 – then one mile west on Andrews Store Road.

Visit Sustainable Farms on Annual Piedmont Farm Tour

Come learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm and food scene. Meet local farmers and tour their beautiful farms.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market announce the nation’s largest sustainable farm tour, Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29, from 1 – 5 p.m. each day. The nationally-recognized Piedmont Farm Tour is a vibrant symbol of local passion for small sustainable farms and healthy food. Three thousand people attended last year.

This self-guided tour features 40 scenic and sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, Durham and Person counties. Sites include a biodynamic fruit farm, a food truck farm, pasture-raised livestock farms with lots of wonderful baby animals, sheep shearing and fiber demonstrations, hayrides, pick-your-own strawberries, two vineyards, an award-winning cheese dairy, lots of organic produce farms, and more!

"Come out to see how Piedmont farmers are working the land in a way that protects our natural resources for generations to come and enjoy a day of fun on the farm," said Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director. "It’s a great way to learn about where your food comes from and support the farmer who grows it!"

Tour tickets, good for both days, are $25 per vehicle in advance and $30 on the tour weekend or you can choose to pay $10 per farm (available for purchase at all of the farms during the tour). Groups of cycles count as one vehicle. Tickets can be purchased online now at or at Weaver Street Market stores closer to the event date.

Through Their Lens: Views of Conservation in Chatham

The Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) is sponsoring a digital photography workshop and exhibition about conservation issues in Chatham County. CCP wants to use photography as a way to connect people with nature while learning about important conservation issues. Photographs in the exhibit "Through Their Lens: Views of Conservation in Chatham" will speak to people about conservation and educate the public about environmental issues. CCP hopes to use this project as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for conservation efforts in Chatham County.

The workshop will combine learning about the environment with learning about photography. Workshop attendees will participate in an exhibition to be held at the NC Arts Incubator Gallery in Siler City. Opening night reception will be August 17th during the Third Friday Artwalk.

Workshop instructor will be David Blevins, award winning freelance nature photographer and forest ecologist. His photographs have appeared in magazines and calendars as well as three books. His third book, Wild North Carolina, is an introduction to the diversity and significance of North Carolina's natural communities. Blevins' mission is to inspire a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world through images that convey the innate grace of life and the inherent beauty of the earth. Learn more about David Blevins and his photography by visiting his web site at

"The focus of the workshop will not be on the technical aspects of photography (there are many places to learn those things) but on all the things that happen before you make a photograph. To really make a difference you need to have an outlet for the images. Making images is one thing, but if you do not have an outlet for the work it is difficult to have an impact. That is why we are combining this photography workshop with an exhibit," said Blevins. "We want to use this process to strengthen their photographic skills. I feel people become better photographers when the technical aspects of photography are placed in service of something that is important to them. This is the sort of process I go through to create books and I would like to help the participants use this approach to create an exhibit that supports Chatham County conservation."

The workshop is open to the general public. This is not a contest. Participants do not have to be residents of Chatham County but the photographs must be taken in Chatham County. "Photographers of all skill levels, both amateur and professional, are welcome to participate", said Gretchen Smith, volunteer coordinator with CCP. "It is not necessary to have a fancy camera or expensive equipment."

The free workshop is scheduled for April 21 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Holmes Meeting Room at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro. Workshop participants will have until May 31 to take their images for the exhibition. During the month following the workshop, participants will have opportunities to go on field trips led by subject matter experts to learn about conservation before going into the field on their own to take photographs. Participants will also have the option of attending group sessions with Blevins to help work on their images. Pre-registration is required to attend the workshop, and attendance at the workshop is required to participate in the exhibition. Register for the workshop by calling Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro campus Continuing Education office at 919.545.8044. Contact for more information about this workshop and exhibition or go to

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