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OCAS to host low-cost rabies vaccination clinic April 11

Orange County Animal Services will host its next low-cost rabies vaccination clinic on Thursday, April 11, 2019. These clinics ensure that cats and dogs are current on their vaccinations, while providing pet owners with substantial savings on rabies vaccinations.

The clinic will offer 1-year and 3-year vaccinations for $10. Pet owners will need to have a previous rabies certificate in hand to receive the 3-year vaccine. A tag alone is not sufficient. This upcoming clinic will take place on the following date:
  • Thursday, April 11th, from 3–5 p.m.
  • Animal Services Center at 1601 Eubanks Road in Chapel Hill
Microchips will also be offered at this clinic for $35 each, including registration fees. Owners can choose to have a pet receive only a microchip, only a rabies vaccine, or both. Dogs must be on a leash and cats must be in a carrier.

For more information about Orange County Animal Services, including additional clinic dates and rabies vaccination clinic requirements, please visit or call 919-942-PETS (7387).

OCPT to host breakfast about transportation options

Orange County’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Coordinator Allyson Coltrane will host a breakfast on April 18, from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Orange County Public Library (137 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough) to provide an overview of transportation options available to Hillsborough commuters.

This includes telework, carpool, vanpool, transit, biking and walking. Additionally, Allyson will discuss the ShareTheRideNC website that allows you to securely match with others who share your commute route and schedule.

Lastly, there will be a brief overview of the transit apps available to use for those who are new to riding the bus.

For more information contact Allyson Coltrane, Orange County TDM Coordinator, at 919-245-2102, or visit

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Orange County Public Library offers chance to read your fines away

It's spring and so it's time to read down any fines you may have accrued at the Orange County Public Library.

From Sunday, April 7 until Saturday, June 1 you can reduce fines by $2 for every 15 minutes you read. Come to one of our three locations, select printed reading material and let a staff member know you would like to read down the fines on your account. And if you don’t have fines, but would like to help someone who does, you can read it forward. We start Read Down Your Fines every April as a way to celebrate National Library Week.

About National Library Week 2019

The theme for 2019 National Library Week is "Libraries = Strong Communities," and Gates Foundation Co-founder Melinda Gates will serve as 2019 National Library Week Honorary Chair. Every April the American Library Association honors the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers and promotes library use and support. From free access to books and online resources for families to library services that support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

The Orange County Public Library has three locations to serve you. The Main Library is located at 137 W. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough. The Carrboro Branch is located inside McDougle Middle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Road in Chapel Hill. The Cybrary is located at The Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro. Free parking is available at all library locations. For library hours of operation and complete service and program information, please visit

Aging in Community Speaker Series to focus on retirement

The Orange County Department on Aging invites the public to the next Aging in Community: Planning for Our Future speaker series, "RETIREMENT: Perhaps the afternoon knows what the morning never suspected."--Robert Frost.

Do you ever wonder what possibilities lay ahead when you leave work? What do retirees say about money? How does your retirement affect your loved ones? Are there other considerations as you approach your new life?

These questions and more will be addressed by a diverse panel of “experts” on retirement. Our panel will include someone who is easing into retirement, someone who has retired within the last decade, and a married couple who is well into their new lives away from formal work. They will share their stories - the surprises, the ups, the downs, the opportunities and the experiences that helped them write their unique retirement script.

The event will take place on Wednesday, April 10, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill).

The event is FREE. Participants are asked to register by Monday, April 8.

For more information or to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919-968-2070.

County Wifi, Public Computers temporarily shut down at most county facilities

Orange County has temporarily shut down its public WiFi networks at county facilities. We apologize for the inconvenience. Service will be restored once the county has finished its ongoing response to the virus detected on the county network last week.

WiFi access will be available at Main Library through the library’s WiFi to Go program for individuals with personal laptops or devices. Desktop computers will be unavailable.  Public printing is also down at the Main Library.

Public computers and WiFi will not be available at Orange County Community Centers and Senior Centers as well as all other county facilities.
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