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Orange County to host community yard sale September 28

Orange County Department on Aging and the Friends of the Jerry M. Passmore Center invite the public to a Community Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

It is going to be HUGE! Join us for this multi-vendor yard sale and come prepared to find those hidden treasures you thought were gone forever.

The sale will take place in the front parking lot of the SportsPlex and Passmore Center, located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

The event is FREE to the public. Vendors can reserve spaces for $15.

If you would like to purchase a space for the upcoming yard sale or if you have additional questions, please contact Alicia Reid at 919-418-0032. You may also pick up a vendor application at the Passmore Center or online at
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Lead safety for renovation repair training courses offered by Housing Department

Orange County Department of Housing and Community Development will offer training sessions for renovators, remodelers and painters who wish to renew or gain their EPA Certified Renovator status. Both trainings--a half-day renewal and a full-day initial training session--will be offered at the Solid Waste Management Meeting Room, 1207 Eubanks Road, Chapel Hill.

In 2008, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new rules for contractors who renovate or repair housing, childcare faculties or schools built before 1978. Under the new regulations, contractors and workers must have documented training and practice lead-safe work practices to reduce potential lead exposures during renovation and repair activities. The requirements apply to anyone, such as painters, plumbers, electricians, and contractors, who might expose children to lead dust during their work.
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Business Planning for Farmer Entrepreneurs Class Begins Oct. 17

Orange County Cooperative Extension and SCORE of Chapel Hill are offering a Business Planning class for current and aspiring farmers beginning Oct. 17, 2019.  Students who participate in the class will also have an opportunity to work with a SCORE mentor who will help teach and guide novice business owners along their entrepreneurial journey.

Most farmers’ primarily think about production issues, but running a successful farm business is about much more. Writing a business plan is a great first step in educating business owners about all aspects of their business and being prepared for unexpected issues that will assuredly occur. 

This class is part of the PLANT Beginning Farmer program run by Orange County Cooperative Extension that started in 2008. It will meet for five sessions lasting from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday nights from Oct. 17 through Nov. 21 (no class on Halloween night). The class will meet at the Cooperative Extension office at 306-E Revere Road, Hillsborough.

This class costs $100 per student. To register, please click here. The registrations deadline is October 11th.

Anyone interested in this class or any aspect of the Beginning Farmer Program can call Mike Lanier at 919/245-2063 to discuss their interest.

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Department on Aging to host screening of documentary, A Will for the Woods

The Orange County Department on Aging will host a movie screening of the documentary, A Will for the Woods, recipient of nine international film festival awards and critical acclaim.

The screening will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Passmore Center located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

What if our last act could be a gift to the planet? Determined that his final resting place will benefit the earth, musician, psychiatrist, and folk dancer Clark Wang prepares for his own green burial while battling lymphoma. The spirited Clark and his partner Jane, boldly face his mortality, embrace the planning of a spiritually meaningful funeral and join with a compassionate local cemetarian to use green burial to save a North Carolina woods from being clear-cut.

With poignancy and unexpected humor, A Will for the Woods portrays the last days of a multifaceted advocate – and one community's role in the genesis of a revolutionary movement. As the film follows Clark's dream of leaving a legacy in harmony with timeless cycles, environmentalism takes on a profound intimacy.

Immediately following the film there will be an opportunity to learn more about this alternative burial option during a Q & A with Pine Forest Memorial Gardens’ home funeral guide, Jenny Bingham, and manager, Dyanne Matzkevich.

The film is free and open to the public. A light dinner will be provided.

Guests are asked to register by Monday, Sept. 23. For more information and to register, please call 919-245-2015.

3rd Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out and Wet Paint Sale begins Sept. 25; sale on Sept. 27

More than fifty artists from four states will participate in the 3rd Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out and Wet Paint Sale, taking place Sept. 25-27 throughout Orange County. 
Artists will spend three days painting en plein air, or in open air, and will submit two finished paintings to be featured in the exhibition, juried for prizes, and available for sale. The Wet Paint Sale will open on Friday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at C3 Hillsborough (128 N. Churton St. in Downtown Hillsborough) and will feature more than 100 works of art showcasing both rural and urban landscapes and sites. Linda Doughtery, Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Arts at the North Carolina Museum of Art, will serve as judge. The works will remain on exhibit through November.
The Wet Paint Sale is a unique opportunity to own a piece of original fine art depicting favorite locations throughout Orange County by locally and regionally renowned artists. All works will be no larger than 18” x 22” and will be original works of art including oil, acrylic, watercolor and other painting media. Works will be individually priced by the artists and ready to take home from the reception or anytime during the exhibition.

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Paint it Orange is a collaborative event presented by the Hillsborough Arts Council, the Orange County Arts Commission, and presenting sponsor Application Architects.

Animal Services receives Petco Foundation grant
for Working Barn Cat program

Orange County Animal Services is proud to announce that they have received a grant from the Petco Foundation to fund its Working Barn Cat Program. This grant will be used to provide spay/neuter services to free-roaming cats belonging to Orange County residents, and thereby reduce pet overpopulation even further in Orange County.

The grant amount received from the Petco Foundation is $40,000. This grant will be used to support the Working Barn Cat Program, which helps to trap, sterilize and return free-roaming cats found at farms, stables and in other rural settings belonging to Orange County residents. These cats will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, and licensed. All of these services are provided at no cost to Orange County residents who have cats that qualify for the program. The Working Barn Cat Program is part of a broader effort to more humanely manage free-roaming cats in Orange County and this grant should help to sustain the program for the next three years.

The Petco Foundation supports animal rescue organizations nationwide and seeks to help local organizations improve their communities. As one of the largest funders of animal welfare organizations in the country, they invest in organizations that strive to achieve their mission and make a significant, lifesaving impact. Since 1999, the Petco Foundation has invested more than $250 million in lifesaving animal welfare work. They strive to empower communities to make a difference by investing in adoption and medical care programs, spay and neuter services, pet cancer research, service and therapy animals, and numerous other lifesaving initiatives. Visit to learn more about how you can get involved.

Orange County residents interested in spay/neuter assistance can contact Cooper Hatch at 919.932.4965 or
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