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Chatham/Randolph 4-H livestock show

The second annual Chatham/Randolph County 4-H Livestock Show will be held September 9-10 at the Ruritan’s Farm Heritage Center in Silk Hope. The show is part of the Farm Credit Showmanship Circuit, which is sponsored by Cape Fear Farm Credit and Carolina Farm Credit, and also supported by the Chatham County Farm Bureau, the United Way of Chatham County, Silk Hope Ruritans, Southern States Cooperative, the Randolph Livestock and Poultry Improvement Association, and the Chatham and Randolph County Cooperative Extension Centers.

4-H members from 15 counties will be participating in the showmanship program, which is open to youth ages 5 to 19 years of age and who are interested in showing beef heifers, meat goats and lambs. The Chatham/Randolph County show will only involve beef heifers and meat goats. The meat goat show will be held on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. and the beef heifer show will begin on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. The event is free to the public.

In addition to the youth show, a special beef heifer showmanship class will be held for local government officials. Each official will be paired with a 4-H member prior to the start of the event and given a crash course on how to show and care for a beef heifer. When the class is called, the officials will lead the 4-H member’s beef heifer into the arena for judging. This special event was held at last year's show and was a lot of fun for 4-H members and guest participants.

In its first year in 2010, the Chatham/Randolph County 4-H Livestock Show was one of the largest in the showmanship circuit. A large participation is expected again this year.

2011 Exploring Nature in Chatham Series

Explore the B. Everett Jordan Dam and Lake on Saturday, September 10, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:
Jordan Lake is one of the Triangle's largest open green spaces, with 13,900 acres of lake and 32,868 acres that are managed for recreation and wildlife. Learn about the history of its creation, how the dam works, how drinking water is processed from the lake, what wildlife is common in the area, and the new hydroelectric project under construction. Our guide will be Francis Ferrell with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Families with children are welcome. Picnic tables are available so bring a picnic lunch to enjoy after the outing. Meet at the Jordan Lake Visitor Assistance Center on 2080 Jordan Dam Road in Moncure. For directions go to:

Register for this free event by contacting Central Carolina Community College at 919.545.8044. Learn more about this Exploring Nature in Chatham series and its sponsor the Chatham Conservation Partnership at the following site:

Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) is a broad-based group of organizations and individuals with a common interest in conservation in Chatham County. Anyone with an interest in conservation is welcome to participate in CCP meetings and activities. Formed in 2006, CCP's mission is to develop and implement strategies for a community conservation vision that builds awareness, protection, and stewardship of Chatham County's natural resources. Learn more about CCP and its recently completed Comprehensive Conservation Plan for Chatham County at the following site:

Central Carolina Community College's Ecotourism program offered at the Pittsboro campus is the first of its kind in the state, designed to prepare individuals for employment opportunities as ecological tour guides, interpreters, or entrepreneurs. Ecotourism is travel to natural areas that focuses on local natural resources while also fostering environmental awareness. For information about enrolling in the Ecotourism program, contact CCCC at 919.545.8044.

Film explores immigration experience

The Chatham County Arts Council's Sustainable Cinema Series will screen “Brother Towns/Pueblos Hermanos”, which explores the American immigrant experience at 7 p.m. September 27 at Fearrington Barn

Brother Towns is a story of two towns linked by immigration, family, and work: Jacaltenango, a highland Maya town in Guatemala; and Jupiter, a coastal resort town where many Jacaltecos have settled in Florida. There will be a post-screening Q&A with the film's director, Dr. Charles Thompson as well as with the Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County.

The film chronicles a story of how and why people migrate across borders, how people make and remake their communities when they travel thousands of miles from home, and how people maintain families despite their travel. Because we are all immigrants, this is a universal human story, and a quintessential American one.

Brother Towns is also a story of local and international controversy. News of undocumented immigrants is familiar in nearly every community across the U.S., and citizens must choose how they respond to this issue. The film includes voices of those opposed to undocumented immigrants as well as advocates helping migrants who seek work and hope, whether documented or not.

The first indigenous Maya person Charlie Thompson ever met was working on a farm in Pittsboro. "Victor" fled Guatemala as a refugee following the brutal death of his brother, and he ended up in North Carolina for a year before seeking asylum in Canada. This meeting inspired Thompson to do anthropological fieldwork in Victor's hometown, Jacaltenango. He recalls, "I saw children all over town wearing t-shirts and caps emblazoned with the word, 'Jupiter;" only after stopping to ask did I realize Jupiter is a town in Florida, the destination of thousands of men and women from Jacaltenango who have gone there as refugees of violence and economics."

The film that evolved is a story of family, violence in Guatemala, and of cultural beauty. It is also a story of diversity and of the depth of immigrant experiences represented by people in the U.S.

Michael Davey is a painter and editor living in Durham, co-director and editor of Brother Towns, is co-editor of Tobacco Money Feeds My Family and The Guestworker. He has worked in the production business for more than 20 years and during that time has edited a wide variety of programs including documentaries for PBS, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, Discovery Health Channel and Animal Planet.

Dr. Charles D. Thompson Jr. is Curriculum and Education Director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and is a lecturer in Cultural Anthropology. He has worked and studied in Guatemala since 1994. He lived with his family in Jacaltenango 1996-1997. His other film works include The Guestworker with Cynthia Hill and We Shall Not Be Moved with Chris Potter. His books in include Maya Identities and Violence of Place: Borders Bleed, Indigenous Diasporas and Dislocations, The Human Cost of Food and his most recent Spirits of Just Men.

ChathamArts' Sustainable Cinema is a film series featuring documentaries, narrative and independent films involving producers, directors, subjects and/or locations in North Carolina. Screenings take place January through June and September through November at the Fearrington Barn in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. Admission at the door is $5 except for special events.

Cash beverage/bar available during films. Admissions proceeds benefit ChathamArts and its arts and education programs. Filmmakers are usually in attendance for post-screening Q&A’s. Join us for cinematic treasures, learn about the art of filmmaking and enjoy engaging discussion afterwards.

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