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Post Date:04/04/2019 8:00 AM



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UNC Science Expo - TOWNweek - Big Book Sale April 5-7 - Paula Vogel Hosts Play Writing “Bake-Off” - Learning about Eastowne - Plastic-Free Egg-stravaganza - The Shred-A-Thon Is Coming! - Near & Far Festival Celebrates Diversity - Saturday T Route Detoured April 6 - Fire Hydrant Testing Throughout April - Parks and Rec Supports Health and Wellness - Saturday FG, T and V Routes Detoured April 13 - Town in News



It's Chapel Hill against Carrboro in the Mayors Save Water Challenge!


On Friday, March 22, (World Water Day), Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger challenged Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle in a friendly and fun community competition to encourage everyone to SAVE WATER! In accepting the challenge, Carrboro and Chapel Hill have decided to have a bit of fun throughout the month of April as we focus attention on the importance of our most valuable natural resource.
Take the pledge and help Chapel Hill win the title at


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UNC Science Expo

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6
UNC Campus / Chapel Hill

Come join us for the UNC Science Expo, this annual celebration of science features over 100 hands-on activities and science demonstrations lead by STEM students, researchers, and practitioners from UNC- Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill. The UNC Science Expo is your chance to get up close and personal with cutting edge science at UNC Chapel







Big Book Sale April 5-7

From April 5 to 7, the Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invite you to browse and buy from our collection of more than 20,000 books, movies, vinyl, games and more.  All proceeds benefit the programs, collection and services of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. You’ll find unbelievable prices and selections all three days. The sale begins at 3 p.m. Friday, April 5, for members of the Friends. Memberships are sold at the door and range from $10 for students to $35 for families.  Or go on line now at and click on Join Us.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: We are extending members-only Friday hours with a bonus for everyone. The sale will close at 5:30 p.m. and reopen at 7 p.m. for Sip & Shop. Join us for a fun Friday night of wine, savories and sweets, and shopping among fellow book lovers. Two shoppers can sip and shop for just $25, which also pays for one year’s membership in the Friends. If you are already a Friend, you and a friend can sip and shop for free.

If you can’t make the Sip & Shop, you can still find bookish bargains all weekend. The sale opens to the general public on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and wraps up on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a Bag Sale on Sunday. Shoppers are invited to bring their own bags and fill them with books, CDs and DVDs for only $5 a bag.

You’ll find lots of all kinds of books for children, young adults and all ages including fiction, mystery, science fiction and romance. And there’s lots of non-fiction; biographies, cookbooks, gardening, history, hobbies, travel and more.  There are also special book sets and art and coffee table books. Prices start at 50 cents for children’s books and mass market paperbacks, with most books priced under $3.

In addition to the big sale in the meeting rooms on the upper level of the Library, the Friends Book Store inside the lower level entrance will have thousands of gift quality books at great prices. Special Book Store hours during the Big Book Sale are Friday 3-5 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The Book Store is closed on Sunday during the Big Book Sale.

All proceeds benefit the collection, programs and outreach of Chapel Hill Public Library. The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library is a 500+ member non-profit organization of volunteers dedicated to supporting Chapel Hill Public Library. For more information about the sale and the Friends, visit         



Who:           Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library

What:          Big Book Sale

Where:        Chapel Hill Public Library

When:         Friday April 5           3–5:30 p.m. (Members only, Memberships sold at door)
                                                    7–9 p.m. – Sip & Shop – enjoy wine, savories and sweets and all those books -   $25 for two at the door. Members of the Friends are free and invited to bring a guest.

                    Saturday April 6       10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  Free and Open to the Public

                    Sunday April 7          11 a.m.–3 p.m. (Bag Sale – $5 a bag; bring your own bag)




Paula Vogel Hosts Play Writing “Bake-Off”

Area writers have a chance to work with Pulitzer-winning and Tony Award-nominated playwright Paula Vogel as she hosts one of her one-of-a-kind Bake-Offs from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown Chapel Hill.  According to the rules of Ms. Vogel's playwriting Bake-Offs – a trademark of her long, distinguished career as a teacher of playwrights – participants will have 48 hours to create a short work – it can be a play, song, skit, stand-up, performative poem, etc. - that they will be invited to share with their peers on Bake-Off day, in this case, April 8.

Vogel will announce the theme and assign story elements that the piece must include during the workshop. The inspiration for the theme and elements often come from past works of art, usually from centuries ago, so that the bake-off can continue the conversations that older pieces of art began. According to Vogel, “It’s like sketching for playwrights.” Registration is required to participate.

The community workshop is the result of a partnership between Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, PlayMakers Repertory Company, and UNC-Chapel Hill’s Arts Everywhere initiative.

Susan Brown, Executive Director of Community Arts & Culture, says that when PlayMakers first proposed a public event in coordination with their performances of How I Learned to Drive, they suggested the library, but the meeting rooms were full. “We have been programming the vacant space that used to house the Ackland Art Museum store with a variety of diverse arts experiences – from a pop-up quilt sale to an upcoming puppet workshop – so the opportunity to host an artist of Vogel’s caliber was a natural fit."

Paula Vogel is a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright whose plays include Indecent (Tony Award nomination for Best Play), How I Learned to Drive (Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lortel Prize, OBIE Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle and New York Drama Critics Awards for Best Play), The Long Christmas Ride HomeThe Mineola TwinsThe Baltimore WaltzHot’n’ThrobbingDesdemonaAnd Baby Makes SevenThe Oldest Profession, and A Civil War Christmas. Honors include induction in the American Theatre Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, the Lily Award, the Thornton Wilder Prize, the Obie Award for Lifetime Achievement and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.




Learning about Eastowne

On April 4, UNC Health Care held a walking tour of Eastowne as part of the planning process for the property. Attendees toured the site, learned about the site’s natural features, and shared ideas. A Sustainability Workshop and Open House were also held later that afternoon. For more information, visit




Plastic-Free Egg-stravaganza

On Sunday, April 14 from 1 to 4 p.m., Chapel Hill kids and families are invited to 140 West Plaza to be a part of the first ever Downtown Plastic-free Egg-stravaganza. This new event takes all of the fun of an annual egg hunt, adds STEAM activities, subtracts the plastic, and moves the whole thing downtown.

The Egg-stravaganza will transform an urban space into a spring garden, and will feature egg hunts starting every 15-20 minutes. The egg hunts will employ reusable wooden eggs, painted by UNC Art students. Kids between the ages of 2 and 8 will take turns hunting for the eggs in the plaza. Participants are asked to bring their own baskets. At the end of each hunt, egg hunters can swap their eggs for sweet treats and then enjoy a variety of egg-themed STEAM activities, games, arts and crafts.

Community partners for those activities include Kidzu Children’s Museum and The Scrap Exchange. Southern States Cooperative is providing a variety of plants, flowers, and greenery to transform the space. Chapel Hill Public Library’s Circulator will provide egg-themed stories and more.

The Egg-stravaganza was born out of several community interests, including creating family-friendly events downtown, activating 140 West Plaza, and environmental sustainability. Susan Brown, Executive Director for Community Arts & Culture, notes, “We are trying out some new ideas, new locations, and new partners for community celebrations. We are also working to align our events with community values and a plastic-free egg hunt is an example of that work.” This plastic free event follows on the heels of the Town’s “Skip the Straw” month in March.

Bringing the event to 140 West serves as a way to bring a variety of community members to downtown, including families and kids. Matt Gladdek, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, says that the organization is pleased to be a part of this event. “Anytime we can show off our downtown places and spaces to our community, we take that opportunity.” Gladdek is working with downtown merchants and restaurants to offer special deals for Egg-stravaganza participants.

Parking is free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill. For more information and a map of all downtown parking visit For more information about the Plastic-free Egg-stravaganza, visit

The Plastic-free Eggstravaganza isn't the only game in Town. Our partners at Parks and Recreation are hosting Egg Splashan egg hunt at the Aquatics Center, and an Egg-ceptional Egg Hunt for with kids with different abilities/special needs/disabilities and their siblings & friends.

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The Shred-A-Thon Is Coming!

Bring your confidential documents for free and safe shredding and recycling. Open to residents of Chapel Hill and Orange County, and small business and local government employees.

Shred-A-Thons will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the recycling drop-off site behind Home Depot at Hampton Pointe and Saturday, April 27, at the Eubanks Road park and ride lot in Chapel Hill.

There is a limit of four banker-size boxes or four bags and one trip per household. Bring confidential papers only. Remove plastic or metal binders or electronic media.

More information about Orange County recycling services: 919-968-2788,, or




Near & Far Festival Celebrates Diversity

People from all around the world call Chapel Hill home – some for four years, some for a lifetime.  With its newest festival, the Town of Chapel Hill, together with a variety of campus and community partners, celebrates the global diversity that makes our local community so vibrant.  The second annual Near & Far Festival will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at 140 West Plaza in downtown Chapel Hill and includes music, dance, and cultural traditions from around the globe.

Planned as a “local celebration of global cultures,” Near & Far features stage performances, street performers, interactive cultural booths, and international foods.  The stage performances include traditional Latin American dances from Huepa Culture, Congolese percussion from The Sound of Drums, and traditional regional music from the Carolina Bluegrass Band.  In between stage performances, there will be a variety of street performers to keep things festive and free-spirited – from Capoeira exhibitions to Chinese dancers and more.  In addition to these performances, there will be interactive cultural exhibits where festival-goers can learn something new about their community and the world.  These booths will feature crafts, games, and other traditions, including Ukranian charm dolls, Native American deerskin painting, and more.

Susan Brown, Executive Director for Chapel Hill Community Arts & Culture, says that this event ties directly to the mission of the new division within the Town, which is to “Inspire creativity and celebrate community for a better Chapel Hill.”  She also notes, “Our values are inclusion, experience, and understanding, all of which are at the heart of the Near & Far Festival.”  Now in its second year, the free and family-friendly event also aims to bring people to downtown Chapel Hill. Matt Gladdek, Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, says that events like Near & Far are responsive to what the community wants to see in its downtown, noting “Activating downtown spaces with international music, dance, and activities for all ages shows off what downtown has to offer and that it is place for all.”

Parking is free in Sundays in all public lots and decks in downtown Chapel Hill.  For more information about parking, visit For event details, including performers, exhibitors and food vendors visit




Saturday T Route Detoured April 6

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday T route will not serve Cameron Avenue from 8:30 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 6, during the UNC Science Expo. The route will be detoured along Pittsboro Street, McCauley Street and South Columbia Street to Franklin Street.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next-Bus predictions for the route.

For more information on the Expo, visit

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Fire Hydrant Testing Throughout April

The Chapel Hill Fire Department is performing annual hydrant testing of every fire hydrant in Chapel Hill, as required by the N.C. Department of Insurance, throughout the month of April.

This testing is one of the processes that keeps insurance rates as low as possible in Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill currently has a Class 2 rating with the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS).

What You’ll See Outside
Firefighters will flow water through the hydrants for three to four minutes to ensure the proper water pressure is reached to adequately fight a fire. The water will be directed into the nearest storm drain.

You may notice a fire truck in your neighborhood. Firefighters will be identifiable in Chapel Hill Fire Department gear and the fire truck will have its lights on when performing the test. Please give the fire truck and firefighters plenty of clearance if you need to pass them.

What You May See Inside
Residents may notice slight discoloration in the water during a test or after a test is completed in the area. This discoloration is not harmful. Run cold water for a couple minutes until the discoloration is gone.

This hydrant testing is also good for the water system as it flushes sediment out of the system.

Always Remain Clear of Fire Hydrants
Fire hydrants require three feet of clearance on either side. This clearance allows firefighters adequate space to attach necessary equipment without damaging nearby items (like a parked vehicle).




Parks and Rec Supports Health and Wellness

We believe Parks and Recreation are the gateways to a healthier more livable community. As the new spring and summer seasons approach, so do your options broaden to participate in an outdoor adventure or group fitness program in Chapel Hill.

We’ve created some of our own programs, as well as partnered with local healthcare providers to deliver a host of different programs in Chapel Hill. These classes are taught by trained instructors and take place in our local recreation centers, at local parks and even in one downtown open space and public plaza.

Here are a collection of fantastic healthy and fun outlets to help stay fit, healthy, and, ideally, stress-free this spring and summer.

Shop our Parks and Recreation Group Fitness and outdoor Adventure Programs

  • Stroller Strides for Moms is a functional, total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. Each 60-minute workout is comprised of strength training, cardio and core restoration, all while entertaining the little ones with songs, activities and fun! Offered every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Chapel Hill Community Center Park.
  • Hike and River Float Adventure on Sunday, May 19. Join us as we hike the N.C. Mountain to Sea trail and float our way down the river to West Point at the Eno.
  • Paddle the Eno River on Saturday, June 1. Join us as we learn about the fundamentals of kayaking and canoeing including safety, equipment, paddling technique, and trip planning. This is a flat water trip and we’ll explore sites along the river bank.
  • Zumba with the Zeiglers is on Saturdays this summer at Chapel Hill Community Center and features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and International beats. It’s an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, calorie-burning dance fitness party!

Cosponsored programs in the community

  • “Boot Camp & Brunch”, is a group boot camp-style fitness series open to the public and takes place in the 140 West Franklin Street Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill on four Saturday mornings in April-May 2019. Participants are invited to enjoy brunch together at a partnering restaurant following their work out.
  • Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is sponsoring WCHL's Healthiest You Challenge, presented by UNC Health Care and UNC Wellness Centers. While the eight participating teams were pre-selected as part of a promotion, the public is invited to join us for a Community Kickball Night at Cedar Falls Park on Wednesday, April 10that 6:30 p.m.
  • You can always head out to enjoy our outdoor fitness course along the Fan Branch Greenway in Southern Community Park. Fitness Trail allows an individuals to engage in low impact exercises as they walk along the park’s greenway. The Trail includes an Air Walker, Single Skier, Sit Up Bench, Fitness Bike, Row Machine, Leg Press, Chest/Lat Combo, Pushup/Dip Combo, Doubles Pull Up Bars, and Arm/Foot Wheel.

Everyone needs the opportunity for self-enrichment, adventure, fellowship and quiet reflection. At Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, we understand these needs and are dedicated to providing recreational and fitness opportunities in a safe and inviting environment.

For more information about our programs and facilities, log on to




Saturday FG, T and V Routes Detoured April 13

The Chapel Hill Transit Saturday FG, T and V routes will be detoured on April 13, 2019, due to the annual Tar Heel 10 Miler.


FG Route

The FG route will be detoured from 8:50 a.m. through 10 a.m. along Fordham Boulevard, right on Manning Drive, right on South Columbia Street, right on South Road and left on Raleigh Street to continue the normal route. 

The westbound bus stops on Raleigh Road from Greenwood Road to Country Club Road and on South Road from Country Club Road to Raleigh Street will not be served during these times. Customers may board the detoured bus at the alternate bus stops at the Glen Lennox Shopping Center and on Raleigh Street.


Saturday T Route

The Saturday T route will not serve Franklin Street (Varsity) and Hillsborough Street from 8:15 a.m. through 9:13 a.m. and will be detoured along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to South Columbia Street. 


Saturday V Route

The Saturday V route will be detoured along Fordham Boulevard and will not serve South Road, South Columbia Street and Franklin Street from 8:45 a.m. through 10:14 a.m.

While every attempt will be made to maintain normal schedules, Chapel Hill Transit is advising customers to allow extra travel time and expect minor delays. The detour and any delays will also impact Next­Bus predictions for the route.


For more information on the Tar Heel 10 Miler, visit

Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For complete information about Chapel Hill Transit services, schedules, route changes or directions to the nearest Chapel Hill Transit stop, visit us at, email or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.




Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at


Chapel Hill, Carrboro Mayor Challenge Residents to Save Water (WCHL)

It’s the upcoming showdown everyone is talking about! Read more:


Here's how you can help Chapel Hill win the water conservation challenge (The Daily Tar Heel)

Carrboro and Chapel Hill are battling it out in their first-ever water conservation challenge. Read more:


Chapel Hill Police Charge 2 Teens with Statutory Rape (WCHL)

Two teenagers have been arrested on statutory rape charges in Chapel Hill. Read more:







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