Free Weekend Parking for the Holiday Season
Shop and eat locally this holiday season in downtown Chapel Hill! The Town of Chapel Hill's parking specials begin on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 23) and continue through the weekend including Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25) with free public parking downtown.
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Downtown Farmers' Market Begins July 23
Get your veggies (and more) at the Downtown Popup Farmers’ Market starting Thursday, July 23. The market will be open from noon to 2 p.m. at the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St. every Thursday through Sept. 10. Read more…
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Residential Parking Permit Renewals Have Begun
Residents may apply if they live on a street where parking is prohibited and there is no practical way of parking off the street. The fee for a residential parking permit is $25 per year. Fees will be waived for those age 65 or older (proof of age must be provided).
Also available are 3-day and 14-day Temporary Residential Visitor Parking Permits. Temporary Residential Permits are available with proof of residency. Up to 10 three-day permits may be purchased in a year for $2 each. Up to five 14-day permits may be purchased each year for $10 each. Guest permits are still available for short-term parking of 24 hours or less within residential parking zones.
The Residential Parking Permit Program was created in 1978 and has since grown to include more than 15 neighborhoods. The program helps to manage parking in residential areas where nonresident parking is impacting the ability of residents to park. The goal is to protect and improve the quality of life and character in the neighborhood by reducing the amount of overflow parking, discouraging cut-through traffic and ensuring adequate parking spaces for the residents.
The Parking Office has moved to the Chapel Hill Police Headquarters at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Contact the Parking Office at 919-968-2758 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market Announces Downtown Pop Up Farmers’ Market
The Downtown Pop Up Farmers’ Market will feature many favorite vendors from the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market’s Tuesday and Saturday markets. Products will include summer fruits and vegetables such as peaches, berries, melons, heirloom tomatoes, okra, peppers, squash, eggplant, greens, garlic, and fresh herbs as well as locally and sustainably raised pork, chicken and beef, eggs, and cut flowers, baked goods, breads, cheeses, chocolate, tea and coffee, all produced within 60 miles of Chapel Hill. “I’m thrilled to see this project come to life!” says Market Manager, Ali Rudel. “The local food movement is here to stay, and we’re excited to give the people of Downtown Chapel Hill the opportunity to connect face to face with our incredibly talented and hardworking farmers and artisans.“
Longtime Chapel Hill/Carrboro resident, Rickie White, and his husband moved out to Hurdle Mills three years ago to start a farm specializing in local teas, flowers and specialty produce. As a vendor and member of the board of directors at the Chapel Hill Farmers' Market, White has been excited to see this market come to fruition. "We're so excited to be reaching out to serve a completely new segment of the Chapel Hill population with our downtown market. I'm most excited to be able to bring products to an area that has one of the highest densities of citizens with no cars in the state, but no grocery store nearby."
The Downtown Pop Up Farmers’ Market will be an exciting opportunity not only for Chapel Hill residents but for market vendors as well. Miles Okal & Angie Raines are beginning farmers at the market. "Our farm is just in our second year, so we are still creating our customer base. I am a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and I love that we have an opportunity to reach out to Downtown Franklin Street. We look forward to connecting with the great residents, students and restaurants in the area," said Raines. Many of the vendors are excited to give Chapel Hill’s vibrant community of chefs an additional opportunity during the week to pick up fresh, local produce.
As always, Chapel Hill is a Bike/Ped Friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending great events. Find out more about these and other events by visiting Chapel Hill’s events website at www.townofchapelhill.org/festivalsandevents. We look forward to an exciting season – see you downtown!
Chapel Hill's Star Studded Summer Movie Series
Jump start your weekend in downtown Chapel Hill all summer long with six sci-fi themed Movies Under the Stars shown in a unique, outdoor location where you can enjoy the night sky. The series continues through Aug. 27 on the third and fourth Thursday of each month. Each event is free and the schedule includes Apollo 13, Muppets From Space, Space Camp, E.T. and Star Trek (2013).
Local restaurants Sutton's and Bandido's will be selling food on the Plaza. Bring your own chairs or blanket and have a picnic dinner!
On July 27 work on your stargazing skills with educators from Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Look through a telescope, learn to read a map of the night sky, and get friendly with the summertime constellations and planets.
For more information, please visit www.downtownchapelhill.com/movies.
The Town of Chapel Hill promotes a Bike & Pedestrian-Friendly Community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk to these great events! There is ample bike parking on the Wallace Plaza. For all downtown parking options visit www.parkonthehill.com.
For questions contact Amanda Fletcher with the Town of Chapel Hill at (919) 968-2878 or email@example.com or Meg McGurk with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Breathe easy at our events; we are smoke free!
Public Invited to Unveiling of Permanent Sculptures at Library
Carved from 4,500-pound blocks of limestone, the highly detailed tortoise, hare, toad, and snake sculptures will become a permanent fixture at the upper end of the Library’s plaza. Their size, shape and finished surface will allow children to safely perch, play, and read on the sculptures, while serving as seating for adults.
Saturday’s family friendly event will have a special fable-themed story time starting at 10:30 a.m. The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library are providing limited edition coloring books illustrated by the artist, and the Library will have other related activities for kids. The statues will be unveiled at 11 am. Refreshments, including free ice cream from Maple View Farm and fresh baked cookies from the Siena Hotel, will be provided.
Artist Todd Frahm was commissioned to do the work, which he calls The Grand Intimate. “The library is brimming with stories that feature delightful animal characters,” he said. “I chose these four because they’re frequently depicted in literature, and each has a pattern that could be embellished in the limestone.”
The sculptural installation was made possible through a collaboration between the Chapel Hill Public Library and Chapel Hill’s Office of Public and Cultural Arts. Frahm’s sculptures are one of two public art projects connected to the Library’s renovation in 2013.
For more information, contact Daniel Siler at 919-969-2036 or email@example.com
Public Library Wins Two Prestigious Grants for 2015-16
The UX grant is a continuation of CHPL’s commitment to provide the people of Chapel Hill the best possible library experience. Library staff will work in partnership with the renowned Influx Library User Experience group to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement in both physical and digital spaces. The grant makes it possible for CHPL to build a new, intuitive and mobile-ready website, improve signage and way finding, and implement a new design for the physical holdings of the building. Every experience will be examined - from the layout of furniture and the organization of the collection, to where staff are positioned throughout the space – to see whether it is useful, usable and desirable for current and future users.
“By the end of the process, patrons should anticipate fewer barriers between them and all that the Library has to offer, whether in person or online,” Library Director Susan Brown said. “The Library truly becomes a place for everyone when our resources are easy to find, understand, and use.”
The grant was awarded through the federal Library Services and Technology Act and is administered through the State Library of North Carolina. The Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library are providing an additional $16,000 for signage and improvements.
The second grant comes from the Judith F. Krug Memorial fund at the Freedom to Read Foundation. CHPL is one of only six libraries nationwide to receive an award this year, and the only to win more than $1,000. The $1,500 grant allows CHPL to work with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Civic Education Consortium to develop a curriculum associated with Banned Books Week. The Consortium will create the curriculum and make it available to educators; the Library will print an additional 5,000 sets of trading cards to make freely available to classrooms across North Carolina.
This is the third year CHPL has invited local artists to create art for trading cards inspired by a banned book or author. Library Director Susan Brown brought the project with her from Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas. The Lawrence library was awarded a Judith Krug Grant in 2012 for the project.
More information on this year’s project is at www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/Banned-Books.
Making It Safer for People Who Bike and Walk
People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations. Officers may issue warnings or citations for anyone -- people who are driving, walking or biking – for violating safety rules. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.
Multiple officers will monitor the following areas to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:
6-7 p.m. Friday, July 31, East Franklin and Columbia streets
A WikiMap at http://wikimapping.net/wikimap/chapelhill.html offers residents an opportunity to comment on safety issues they experience around town.
Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer for travelers. Help us become a safer place to walk, bike and drive. For more information, visit: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/residents/transportation/bicycle-and-pedestrian.
Tar Heel Downtown Brings the Spirit of Carolina!
Football season is quickly approaching and the Carolina game day spirit is coming back to the heart of downtown Chapel Hill! Come out and rev-up the season from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11, on the Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St., prior to the home-opening game day when the UNC-Chapel Hill Tar Heels take on the North Carolina A & T Aggies on Saturday.
Tar Heel Downtown brings a pep rally atmosphere and fan experience to Franklin Street, featuring a live outdoor concert, interactive games for kids and families, face painting, and more. The UNC Marching Tar Heels, cheerleaders, and of course...Rameses will be there too!
Hosted by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, UNC Athletics and the Town of Chapel Hill, Tar Heel Downtown is a very special event to our community. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt says “Tar Heel Downtown has evolved into a unique opportunity to champion downtown, all the while celebrating Carolina Football. Tar Heel spirit comes marching right down Franklin Street, and we celebrate together.”
As always, Chapel Hill is a bike and pedestrian friendly community and encourages everyone to cycle or walk whenever attending our great events. Find out more about this and other events by visiting www.tarheeldowntown.com and the Chapel Hill Events website at www.townofchapelhill.org/festivalsandevents!
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-------------------State law voids Chapel Hill’s district rules for home design (Chapel Hill News)
A new state law has voiced Town rules for how the outside of homes, townhouses and duplexes can look and how interior spaces can be used. Read more…
23 receive free laptops after program graduation (Durham Herald-Sun)
Chapel Hill Library to Host Harper Lee Celebration (WCHL & Chapelboro.com)
Harper Lee’s new book, “Go Set a Watchman,” will be the subject of events Tuesday at the Chapel Hill Public Library.
Readers remember the Atticus Finch of Harper Lee’s groundbreaking 1960 novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” as the white lawyer who stood up against racial prejudice. In the book, Finch defends a young black man named Tom Robinson, who was falsely accused of raping a white girl. Gregory Peck played Finch in the 1962 film adaptation.
But critics who’ve read advance copies of Lee’s second release warn readers to prepare themselves for a very different Atticus Finch. “Go Set a Watchman” features a racist Atticus Finch who affiliates with the KKK and opposes desegregation. Read more…
In Depth: Go Set a Watchman (TWC News)
A long-awaited and now controversial book by Pulitzer-prize winning author Harper Lee was officially released Tuesday. The book takes place 20 years after the event's of 1960's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and features the iconic Atticus Finch but in a different light. Chapel Hill public library reader services coordinator Susan Maguire discusses this highly anticipated novel. Watch the interview…
Writing for Brown Children Dreaming (WUNC - The State of Things)
Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson grew up Greenville, S.C. during the '60s and ‘70s. During this period of her life, Woodson was very aware of the segregation in her community and throughout the South. Read more...
Public housing residents receive free laptops (The Daily Tar Heel)
Chapel Hill public housing resident Memunatu Kamara now no longer has to share one computer in her household with seven people. “Just one computer for seven people is no good,” she said. “It’s a big deal.” Read more...
Panel discusses Harper Lee’s new novel at Chapel Hill Public Library (The Daily Tar Heel)
A panel gathered at Chapel Hill Public Library on Tuesday to discuss “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee and her new novel that was released that same day. Read more...
Bringing Internet Access to Public Housing Residents
“As many as 26% of households earning less than $30,000 per year don’t access the Internet, compared to just 3% of adults with annual incomes over $75,000. Google Fiber is working to change that. Today, in all of our Google Fiber markets, we’re launching a program to connect residents in select public and affordable housing properties for $0/month with no installation fee.” Read more here - http://googlefiberblog.blogspot.com/2015/07/connecthome-google-fiber.html
Concurrently, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is announcing a new initiative to wire a select number of cities, including Durham. See the announcement here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/07/15/fact-sheet-connecthome-coming-together-ensure-digital-opportunity-all
Our community is moving toward its goal of providing free internet access to all public housing residents, while providing all residents with a variety of options to choose from. Chapel Hill has been selected as one of the next destinations for Google Fiber, making the community among a handful in the nation to have this ultra-highspeed internet service. Read more here: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/news-events/current-issues/community-broadband
QVC To Broadcast Cooking Show From Wallace Parking Deck
Chapel Hill native David Venable, QVC’s resident “foodie,” best-selling cookbook author, and accomplished home cook, has been a program host at QVC since 1993.
QVC will make a donation to Hope Community Garden in exchange for use of the public facility.
Those interested in attending may reserve up to four free tickets each at www.qvc.tix.com. Tickets are necessary to enter the taping area with check-in beginning at 6 p.m.