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April 2017

The Art of the Lie
by Julian Sereno

Lies are flying these days, openly and obviously as never before. So much so that it is now the subject of a national conversation. Whether it is considered criminal or disgraceful, or disregarded as mere hyperbole, or accepted as a strategic necessity, depends on who’s doing the lying.

For example, it’s perfectly acceptable and legal for police or prosecutors to lie to suspects or even the general public if they believe it will help convict the guilty or protect the public at large. However for any individual to lie to law enforcement is a felony that draws hard time. Just the other week, the hapless friend of the repulsive murderer Dylan Roof was sentenced to more than two years for lying to the FBI.


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Many moons ago (circa 1967) I was exposed in graduate school to the “Principles of and Conditions for Learning,” an unpublished treatise by two university professors: Horne and Pine.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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Shakori Hills Community Arts Center's 2017 Workshop Series

Local arts center to offer variety of workshops open to the public this summer including music, visual arts and earth crafts.

Pittsboro, NC - The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is offering a variety of workshops this warm-weather season. Most are free or donation-based, and all are open to the public; registration may be needed. Below is a list of the open workshops, updates always available at

Spoon Carving: Saturdays, May 20th & June 17th
Instructor: Cara O'Connell
Participants will make their own wooden spoons from fresh cherry, working with hatchets, chisels and knives.The first class will focus on small spoons called eaters or pocket spoons, and in the second class, participants will be taught to make larger serving spoons or spatulas.

West African Drumming: Tuesdays, May 30th - June 20th, 7pm
Instructor, Will Ridenour of the band Kaira Ba teaches technique, musical phrasing and breathing, and encourages you to express yourself in a safe and comfortable environment. Students will learn basic hand-drumming techniques with a focus on the djembe from West Africa, although other drums are welcome - practicing the proper way to hold the drum, the correct hand and arm positions, and the right technique for learning the language of the drum.

Acrylic Painting with John Vanderheyden
Come away with your own beautiful work of art! Pittsboro artist, John Vanderheyden teaches these Acrylic [water base] painting classes for beginners to intermediate level, ages 10 and older.

• June 10th, 11am: Painting a Shakori Hills Scene - Class will study line and form, using different objects and buildings at Shakori Hills. Students may choose subject matter such as the coffee barn, tractors, buses, house, trees and garden.

Appalachian Bark Berry Basket Making: May 27th, 12pm
Instructor: Fuz Sanderson
The traditional Appalachian Bark Berry Basket is a beautiful and functional craft item made from tulip tree bark when the sap flows in the spring. In this hands-on class, you will make your own bark basket to take home and use.

Didgeridoo Construction & Technique: June 24th, 11am
Participants will make and decorate their own didgeridoo. Instructor, Fuz Sanderson will touch on the cultural history of the instrument and the Australian aboriginal peoples, as well as other uses for bamboo. The class will finish with playing techniques and circular breathing. Class is for ages 13 and older.

Print-Making & Visual Arts
Three, three-week sessions taught by Pittsboro artist, Stacye Leanza, throughout the summer at Shakori Hills and Briar Chapel.

• Wednesdays, June 7th - 21st, 6pm: Print-Making Collagraphs - Collagraphy is a fun, easy and expressive form of print making wherein flat, textured objects are fixed to a printing plate before inking, creating multi-layered prints. This class will explore ways to create & print them, including unconventional methods that do not require a press. No skill is required, so it's great for beginners.

• Wednesdays, July 12th - 26th, 2pm at Briar Chapel: Print-Making Monoprints - A monoprint is an image painted on a glass plate, and transferred on to paper. Like the collagraphy class above, the process tends to unleash the imagination, and allow students' self-expression to shine through - no skill or experience needed.

Exploring Abstract Art: Saturdays, July 29th - August 12th, 2-5pm at Briar Chapel
Students will learn their own personal "language" of shape, line, symbol, & color, while exploring basic drawing elements and composition. The class will also incorporate history and slideshows for inspiration. Beginners are welcome, as well as established artists who desire to deepen their art-making experience.

Farm to Table Cooking: Saturday, August 12th, 11am
Chef, Emily Wilhelm, will lead the group through the garden on the property along with one of Shakori Hills' expert gardeners. After the tour, students will pick produce that will eventually make the meal. The spotlight of this course will be education about the simplicity and importance of eating with a seasonal, local and green thought process through preparation of a flavorful dish.

Live Sound Production: June 16th - 18th
GrassRoots Festival sound technicians Ed Griffin and Charles Jones teach this weekend-long workshop in mixing sound for live shows. Students will come away with a detailed understanding of the technical aspects of both front of house and stage monitors. Note: this workshop has a fee, though scholarships are available.

More about the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is a North Carolina non-profit, 501c3 corporation whose mission is to provide culturally significant arts, music and environmental-sustainability education and outreach to our local community and schools.

Shakori Hills is under the management of a volunteer board of directors, consisting of professionals from various backgrounds, plus one full-time and two part-time staff members. The office is located in the former farmstead home at the Shakori Hills site.

Events at Shakori Hills range from girl-scout camp-outs, music workshops and speaker series, fundraisers for a local charter school, a camping space for college students attending an energy summit at UNC Chapel Hill, to more extensive, annual festivals and events such as Hoppin' John Fiddlers' Convention, Piedmont Earthskills Gathering, and, of course, two annual GrassRoots Festivals of Music & Dance in the spring and fall.

Events produced by SHCAC are almost entirely run by volunteers. The organization believes that Volunteerism creates a unique opportunity for everyone to work together and to participate in hands-on activities, learn new skills and meet new people. This involvement and participation of many folks has made Shakori Hills a valuable resource for building community.

Over the last ten years the SHCAC has built much of the infrastructure needed to support and sustain a community arts center. There is a permanent stage, a well-kept barn (known as the Coffee Barn), campgrounds, the Nonagon, ticket booth, security booth, parking gate booth, three concession stands, nice gravel roads, a new shower house, a general store, deep-well drinking-water, and a whole lot of beauty. Currently underway are plans for permanent, plumbed bathrooms as well as the conversion of our festival kitchen space into a meeting, yoga and dance building. On-site and adjacent parking will accommodate approximately 2,000 passenger vehicles. Campsites will accommodate approximately 500 campsites and vehicle parking spaces.

SHCAC is located at 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road in Chatham County, North Carolina in the fire district of Silk Hope-14 miles northeast of Siler City and 18 miles west of Chapel Hill. Shakori Hills is a beautiful farm of rolling hills and meadows in the very heart of North Carolina. This region is renowned for its rich cultural heritage, which brings artists, presenters of events and festivals and their participants from the mountains, the coast, and other areas of the United States. SHCAC is located near major highways and well-mapped state roads.

Find out more about the organization here:

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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