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Orange County announces changes in hours at Carrboro library locations, effective Oct. 21

Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger announced Thursday, Oct. 10, that the Carrboro Branch Library located at McDougle Middle School and the Carrboro Cybrary at the Carrboro Century Center will begin new operating schedules on Monday, Oct., 21. The Carrboro Branch Library will open at 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, instead of the current 3:30 p.m. opening. The closing time of 8 p.m. and weekend hours will remain the same.

The change will be offset by an expansion of hours at the Carrboro Cybrary, which will stay open an hour later Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Weekend hours at the Cybrary will remain the same.

“The library will continue to provide services to Carrboro residents and library patrons from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday,” said Orange County Library Director Lucinda Munger.
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Arts Commission, Chelsea Theater present screening, discussion of The Price of Everything

Exploring the labyrinth of the contemporary art world, The Price of Everything examines the role of art and artistic passion in today’s money-driven, consumer-based society. Featuring collectors, dealers, auctioneers and a rich range of artists, from current market darlings Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter and Njideka Akunyili Crosby to one-time art star Larry Poons, the film exposes deep contradictions as it holds a mirror to contemporary values and times, coaxing out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless.

A panel discussion will follow with Ackland Art Museum Director Katie Zigler, arts patron Jimbo Parrott, and fine artists Jane Filer and Stacy Lynn Waddell. Moderated by Emily Kass, director of the Chelsea Theater.

Tickets are $8, $7 for members of the Chelsea Theater.

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BOCC to host Orange County Summit on WCHL on Oct. 16

The Board of Commissioners will host its second annual Orange County Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 3-7 p.m. The event will be broadcast live on WCHL and will feature panel discussions on many key issues facing the county, including affordable housing, transportation, education, tourism, the arts, workforce development and business recruitment.

Aaron Keck of WCHL will moderate the event, and each member of the board of commissioners will participate, along with officials and elected representatives from Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and the two public school systems. Other expected panelists include Carrboro Alderman Damon Seils, Hillsborough Town Commissioner Jennifer Weaver, Chapel Hill Town Council Member Michael Parker, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education Chair Joal Broun, and Orange County Schools Board of Education Chair Will Atherton.

The event will take place in the commissioner's meeting room at the Whitted Building and is open to the public.

List of topics

  • Board of County Commissioner's approach to social justice (3-3:30 p.m.)
  • Affordable Housing (3:30 – 4 p.m.)
  • Public Transportation (4-4:30 p.m.)
  • Tourism/Arts (4:30-5 p.m.)
  • Education: K-12 (5-5:30 p.m.)
  • Workforce Development (5:30-6 p.m.)
  • Industrial recruitment (6-6:30 p.m.)
  • Small business services (6:30-7 p.m.)

Plein Air Paint Out winners announced

The Orange County Arts Commission and the Hillsborough Arts Council announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out presented by Application Architects. The event took place Sept. 25-27 throughout Orange County.  Fifty-eight painters from four states participated in the painting competition, which was judged by North Carolina Museum of Art Chief Curator Linda Dougherty.
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First Place: Eno Splendor by Joseph Lahita of Clayton, N.C.
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Second Place: Monument by Flora Pinkham of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.
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Third Place: Maple View Farm by Susan Paulsen of Chapel Hill, N.C.

Honorable Mentions

  • A History of Barn Painting by Carroll Lassiter of Chapel Hill, NC
  • James Pharmacy by Emily Eve Weinstein of Chapel Hill, NC
  • Blackwood Farm 01 by Min Zhong of Raleigh, NC
  • Maple View Farm by Sandra Lett of Linden, NC
  • Sponsor’s Choice, Application Architects: Downtown Hillsborough by James Keul of Durham, NC
  • Sponsor’s Choice, Jerry’s Artarama: Hall’s Mill Pond by Dorothy Whitmore of Hillsborough, NC
  • Sponsor’s Choice, Mace Construction, Inc: Fox Hill Farm by Brian Murphy of Asheville, NC
The paintings will be exhibited and for sale through the end of November at C3 Hillsborough at 128 North Churton Street. Purchases can be made at the Hillsborough Arts Council Tuesday-Thursday, 12-5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 12-4 p.m., and Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

More information about the competition, as well as high resolution photos of all winners, can be viewed at the Orange County Arts Commission’s website

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Emeralds of Oz: Life Lessons from Over the Rainbow Workshop

Peter Guzzardi took a deep dive into The Wizard of Oz and discovered an amazing tool: Nine large chunks of wisdom that helped Dorothy along her journey. Applying these “Emeralds” to our lives shrinks our issues, and we expand, ready to face our own Yellow Brick Road. 
In this workshop, Peter – a veteran editor who has worked with Stephen Hawking, Deepak Chopra and Carol Burnett – will review the Emeralds before leading a journaling exercise. “Emeralds of Oz” will be available for purchase. Note: Seymour Center will screen The Wizard of Oz on Oct. 22.
Register by:  Thursday, Oct. 17, by calling 919-968-2070
Instructor: Peter Guzzardi
Location: Seymour Center, 2551 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill
Date: Thursday, Oct. 24, 2 – 4 p.m.

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Reimagining US 15-501 Corridor Study Public Workshop on Oct. 17

Join us at the third public workshop for the Reimagining 15-501 Corridor Study on Thursday, October 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chapel Hill Bible Church, located at 260 Erwin Road, Chapel Hill. The workshop will provide the chance to review and comment on the proposed recommendations for addressing future transportation challenges in the US 15-501 corridor.

For more information about the project, visit the project website at as well as follow the DCHC MPO on Facebook and Twitter for #reimagining15501 updates.

Orange County to host day of care for family caregivers

The Orange County Department on Aging invites family caregivers to join us for a time of self-care, wellness and appreciation at the Caregiver Day of Care.

The event celebrates National Family Caregivers Month by recognizing and honoring the efforts and commitment of family caregivers in Orange County.
Join us on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Seymour Center located at 2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill. Caregivers will enjoy:
  • All-day relaxation room with massage and aroma therapy
  • Wellness activities
  • Educational classes
  • Art workshops
  • Live Music
  • Raffles
  • Refreshments, lunch and more!
The event is free. Participants are asked to register by Saturday, Nov. 2. For more information and to register, please call 919-968-2070.

Come let us take care of you!

Limited respite care is available. Requests must be made by Friday, Oct. 18, and are on a first-come, first-serve basis. To request respite care, please email Lisa Meinert at or call 919-245-2000.
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