Announcements

The Community Grant Program of the Galloway Ridge Inc., Charitable Fund is accepting grant applications from Chatham County 501(c)(3) organizations and from Chatham County Public Schools and other Chatham County governmental units. Completed applications are due by 4:00 pm on October 10, 2017. Applications are available by contacting Celeste Lestienne at clestienne@gallowayridge.com. Galloway Ridge is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Chatham County. In 2016, $80,000 is available for Community Grants. To request the grant application package, please contact: Celeste Lestienne Executive Assistant Galloway Ridge, Inc. 3000 Galloway Ridge Pittsboro, NC 27312 clestienne@gallowayridge.com
Pittsboro Women's group of Alcoholics Anonymous Meets every Monday at 7pm at Bynum united Methodist.
The Boys & Girls Club in Siler City is accepting new students for their after school program. This program runs from 2:30-5:30 each school day. Help with homework, art projects, group activities and fun are available for kids grade 1-12. Call or visit to learn more.
The Chatham Hunger Walk is Sunday, November 5 starting at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro (NEW LOCATION). Registration starts at 1:30 pm and the walk starts at 2:30. Participants can walk a 1-mile or 5K route that includes the CCCC campus trail. The 5K takes walkers to downtown and the First Sunday Street Fair before returning to the library. Both routes end at the Chili Cook Off event at the Pittsboro Senior Center. For the first time this year, participants can preregister on line. Details will be available soon on our web site. To receive a group information packet email hungerwalk@corafoodpantry.org or call 919-545-3030 to leave your name and mailing address.
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If you are interested in volunteering for the Pollard Mustang Meal food program or the Northwood HS Fuel Up program please email me. We are looking for up to 50 volunteers willing to shop either monthly or weekly for student gap food (weekends and breaks). We have a full year of menus complete! Who's in? I'll make it as easy for you as I can.\ Thanks Jaime Detzi jdetzi@gmail.com
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Celebrate sustainable agriculture at Abundance NC's 10th annual PepperFest on Sunday, September 24 from 3-6 PM at the Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. PepperFest is at the perfect time of year to celebrate the harvest, enjoy cooler weather, and savor the deliciousness of Carolina peppers! It?s a chance to hang out with your friends, listen to fantastic live music, and sample all you can eat of pepper-themed dishes and beverages, made by dozens of star chefs, brewers, distillers and more, from central N.C. It?s also a chance to support your local foodshed, local farmers, and local sustainability, and to learn about all the amazing restaurants in our area that incorporate locally farmed ingredients into their menus. PepperFest has grown by leaps and bounds since its humble 2008 beginnings ? as a taste test for a local organic farmer?s pepper breeding program ? to today?s serious celebration of the abundance of local food in the Piedmont of North Carolina. To learn more and to purchase tickets online, go to http://pepperfestnc.org. Abundance NC is a nonprofit organization that cultivates and celebrates community resilience in central North Carolina, sourcing out the abundant local opportunities for us all to live and act sustainably, and bringing people together to celebrate, exchange ideas, and build the communities we want to live in.
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The Friends of the Chatham Community Library (FotCCL) will hold its 20th Anniversary Fall Book Sale on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, October 5, 6 and 7, at the library on the campus of Central Carolina Community College in Pittsboro, NC. The first book sale of the Friends was organized in the fall of 1997 by Tom Doyle when Betty Ann Miller, then president of the predecessor Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library, asked him to organize a book-sale fundraiser. Their fledgling effort raised about $200, and since then sales have grown a hundredfold! Hours of the FotCCL Fall Book Sale are Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free, and there is plenty of free parking. More than 18,000 hardbound and softbound books, audio books and more will be available for purchase. Each sale offers a completely new assortment of titles in very good to excellent condition, all organized by category, subject or format. Audio-visual items such as DVDs, CDs, LPs and audio books will also be offered. On Thursday, the first day of the sale, purchases of $200 or more are entitled to a 20 percent discount. On Friday, all books and materials are half price, and on Saturday customers may fill grocery bags with books for $5 each, with no limit to the number of bags they fill. Bags are available free, compliments of local food stores. A major change in this year?s sale is that special collectible books once featured separately in Claudia?s Corner and selling for up to $100 will now be available on the main sales floor at regular prices. So far, some of these categories include Hollywood and film celebrities, alternative medicine, farming and animal husbandry, mysticism and parapsychology, New York and its architecture, Southern history and more. Regular offerings include huge assortments of biographies, general history, Civil War, World Wars I and II, classic novels, cookbooks, art books (such as antiques, architecture, film, painting, photography, etc.), philosophy, religion, humor, children?s books, reference, self-help and more. Members of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library receive discount cards worth $3 each, including all those who join at the book sale. This discount may be used on any day of the sale. The Friends book sale is held at the library, which is located at 197 NC Highway 87 North in Pittsboro, about a half mile north of US Highway 64 Business (West Street). There is ample free parking at the library and Central Carolina Community College (CCCC), plus volunteers to assist with carrying out and loading books. Proceeds from the book sale are used to benefit the library for underwriting various programs; purchasing needed books, materials and equipment; and improving its technology and services. More information about the book sale, including membership in the Friends and volunteer opportunities, may be found on the FotCCL Website at www.friendsccl.org.
The annual Habitat for Humanity Cars for Castles Cruise-In will be held on October 7th from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Chatham County Fairgrounds. There will be a Pig Pickin' BBQ Plates for $8 general and $6 for Car Show participants. Raffle prizes, door prizes and more. All proceeds benefit Habitat's mission to build safe, affordable homes for Chatham families. Entrance is free for spectators. Entry is $20 per car participant. For more information contact Becky Loflin at (919)542-0794x207 or beckyloflin@chathamhabitat.org or Norman Clark at (919)542-5469.
Two new Habitat houses in Siler City (428 East 9th Street)have been started. Chatham Habitat will also be building 3 new houses in Pittsboro this Spring. We are very excited about the opportunity to put 5 new partner families in affordable homes over the next 10 to 12 months! We need individual volunteers to come out and help our partner families build. We would also love your help in pulling together a group from your church, civic group, place of employment or your community. A group would consist of 6 to 8 people coming out on a Saturday morning to volunteer. Can you help us to make this happen? If so, please call Mechelle Thompson at Chatham Habitat (919)542-0794 ext 228 <(919)%20542-0794> to discuss the details of a construction work day. Thanks in advance for your support of the mission of Chatham Habitat for Humanity to build affordable homes. We look forward to partnering with you for a great year of building and fellowship. *The work days in September run from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, with one hour for lunch:* September 23 September 30 *The work days in October run from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm, with one hour for lunch:* October 7 October 14 October 21 October 28 *PS: We also work at the construction site on Wednesday and Saturday of each week if that is more convenient for your schedule*
The Haw River Assembly's unique three-week riverside educational program for 4th graders, the Learning Celebration, kicks off this fall in Bynum on September 23rd! We are currently seeking volunteers to support the program! Each day of the program children from schools located in the Haw River watershed come out to the Haw River for an educational field trip. Volunteers guide small groups of 4th graders through activities that explore the woods and river through hands-on experiences. For many of the children, this is their first experience hiking through a forest and along a river. Haw River Assembly provides on-site training and orientation - no previous experience is necessary! The Learning Celebration will be in Bynum at the Lower Haw River State Natural Area from Sept 23rd-29th, then it moves to Saxapahaw and Camp Guilrock in October. In addition to volunteering on-site, there are lots of other ways to help. Sign up to provide a meal for volunteers, or donate to our Crowdfunder to help us raise $5,000 needed to keep the Learning Celebration flowing! Donate a meal to support the Haw River Learning Celebration! The Learning Celebration is the Haw River Assembly's three week long field trip program for 4th graders, where local children come out for a day to connect with nature and their watershed through hands-on learning. Over the course of the three weeks the Haw River Assembly will host over 1,000 children. It takes a village of dedicate volunteers (at least 20 each day) to pull it off, and that's where we need help - we need to feed our crew! We are looking for vegetarian lunch or dinner meal donations for 20-30 people. Meals can be picked up or can be dropped off at our sites in Bynum, Saxapahaw, or Camp Guilrock on dates ranging from September 24th - October 13th. For more information and to sign up to provide a meal, visit our meal signup page or email erin@hawriver.org. For more information and to get involved visit: http://hawriver.org/projects/4th-grade-field-trip/ or email Haw River Learning Celebration Coordinator, Erin Jobe at erin@hawriver.org
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The 13th annual Reindeer Run/Walk will be held Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Central Carolina Community College's Pittsboro campus. The 5K begins on campus and winds its way through downtown Pittsboro. Rudolph's Fun Run (1 mile) is free for children ages 12 and under. More info at: www.chathamkids.org/5k
The Sprott Youth Center in Moncure is looking for a coordinator for their new after school program for K-5 graders, starting 2017-2018 school year. The program will focus on academics. Computers will be available for the students. The program will have tutors for one-on-one assistance with reading. The position is part-time Monday-Friday, approximately 3 hours a day, longer on early-release school days. Job Duties: Define and implement a plan for the program, which includes academics, recreation, snack, and craft times. Work with the students each day; in the beginning, the coordinator will be the main teacher for the program. Recruit, manage and schedule tutors. Collect and keep records of payments. Communicate with the children's' teachers and/or parents to define an academic plan to enhance the students' educations. Requirements: The ideal candidate will have 3 or more years of experience working with elementary students; experience with after school programs, managing people and programs, tutoring students, and defining individual student academic plans. Knowledge of laptop computers/tablets, and educational software is a plus. Email a PDF of your resume and a cover letter to info@sprottyouthcenter.org.
This is the third year of our T-shirt fundraiser. With a $20 donation, you can get a great looking T-shirt, help Chatham Literacy provide important educational services, and get great benefits all year long. Save money, win prizes, and show your literacy pride! It?s the T-shirt that?s much more than a T-shirt. Click here for more details and to place your order.
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Let's make a difference in the life of abused and neglected women and children in NC by participating in this fundraising event for Tokens of Care, a charitable nonprofit organization, that delivers hope by visiting and providing gifts to the people who have been abused and neglected and are at shelters or at temporary housing. http://www.tokensofcare.org/no-to-domestic-violence--5k-run---walk.html The event will start and finish at the Green at Southern Village (Market street, Chapel Hill NC, 27516). USATF certified course To participate in this event wearing the t-shirt to show your support to NO to Domestic Violence please register by October 8th, 2017. Overview of activities: -Same day registration will open from 6:30am to 7:30am -Announcements and Presentation from 7:40 am to 7:57 am -Minute of silence: 7:57 am to 7:58 am -Run/Walk will start at 8:00 am with a lead biker. -The finish line will be closing at 9:15 am -There will be water, fruit, and other food at the finish line. -Awards ceremony will be done at 9:30 We will have door prizes, sponsors display, a Silent Auction table and a Sneakers Drive.
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Please donate sneakers in good condition to support the students participating in the Mckinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Program in Chatham County. Drop-off the sneakers at: The Green at Southern Village Market street, Chapel Hill NC 27516 On Saturday, October 28, 2017 between 7:00am and 10:00 am Thank you, Tokens of Care
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Did you know there's an urban garden smack in the middle of Siler City? It's the Communities In Schools Youth Garden. We are located in what used to be an empty lot next to "Against His Will" at 117 S. 2nd Street. Four years ago, this empty lot was turned into a wonderful garden retreat. There's nothing more rejuvenating and fun than working with others in the garden. We weed eat, harvest, prepare beds for new plantings, mulch and pull weeds and more. If you or your child is interested in helping out, the more the merrier! Produce is distributed to clients in our social service programs and others less fortunate in our community. Call Gwen at 919.663.0116 ext. 409.
Pretty in Pink Foundation is seeking to develop local volunteer teams to help distribute comfort packages for, during and after cancer treatment when needed. Or you could hold FUNraisers to help raise funds for supplies. Or both. A great cause and a good way to get your friends together to improve the lives of champions in our area.
In October 2017, Challenge Day for NC will host four programs at middle and high schools in Chatham, Orange and Durham counties. It's a great opportunity for adult volunteers to help facilitate the programs and learn about this proven program to reduce bullying in schools. The dates are: Oct 9-10 East Chapel Hill High, Oct 11 Hillside High School in Durham County, Oct 12 Chatham Middle School. Many adult volunteers report being moved by the experience, as they learn first-hand about the power the program has to transform lives.
Chatham Transit Network is seeking interested volunteers to serve on the Board of Directors (3-year term). The Board meets bi-monthly on the third Friday of the month at 9:00 am in the Chatham Transit offices in Pittsboro. To volunteer please contact Anna Testerman, Executive Director, at a.testerman@chathamtransit.org, or call 919-542-5136 ext. 102. Visit Chatham Transit's website at www.chathamtransit.org for more information or to fill out an application.
Tutors are needed for after-school tutoring and preschool programs that take place at Nature Trail, the manufactured home community on Mt. Carmel Church Road. The after-school program serves elementary and middle-school children and meets Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5. The preschool program meets two mornings and one afternoon per week for about 2 hours each session. All programs have a lead tutor who plans the lessons and activities to be undertaken each session and helps the tutors work with the children. Tutors in the after-school program generally work one-on-one with a child, although some small group sessions may also occur from time to time. Tutors can volunteer for one or more days a week during the school year. While it is hoped that tutors will be consistently available during the school year, substitute tutors are available to cover times when a volunteer may be ill or traveling. These programs are run by a local nonprofit, The Learning Trail. More information can be found on its website at www.thelearningtrail.org. If you are interested in helping a child succeed in school this year, you can find a volunteer form at www.thelearningtrail.org/volunteer which you can complete and submit electronically. Someone will contact you shortly thereafter to discuss your interest.
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Mark your calendars for the party that's gone to the dogs! A great time to meet and mingle with like-minded dog lovers and their canine companions! You and your pup can renew old friendships and make new friends. Your donation supports Chatham Animal Rescue and Education, Inc. (CARE) with its mission to promote responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes. So join us for a 'Paw'sitively terrific time on the fourth Monday of April and thereafter on the third Monday of the month May through October! Since YAPPY HOUR is held outside, dates are subject to be rescheduled in the event of bad weather - check our website for an update. 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Carolina Brewery & Grill, 120 Lowes Drive, Pittsboro, NC Your $10 Donation includes a YAPPY HOUR gift and a beverage ticket. Kids eat free with a paying adult. May 15 June 19 July 17 August 21 September 18 October 16 YAPPY HOUR Etiquette: Dogs must be kept in outdoor areas; be well socialized and leashed at all times; no retractable leashes; any dog disturbing others may be asked to leave; all dogs must be vaccinated; dog waste must be cleaned up immediately by the owner; dog owners must be 21 years old to partake in adult beverages. Chatham Animal Rescue and Education was born in 1975 and is over 40 years strong this year! See our website at chathamanimalrescue.org or chathamrescate.org for more information. CARE is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes responsible pet ownership by educating the community, providing targeted spay/neuter programs, and fostering homeless cats and dogs until they are placed in loving, permanent homes.
EightJordan-Matthews High School arts students are traveling to New York next spring for the inaugural JM New York Arts Adventure sponsored by JMArts, the Jordan-Matthews Arts Foundation. The adventure gives local students a different perspective, the chance to explore one of the world?s great cities and an opportunity to experience world-class performing and visual arts. If you?d like to sponsor a scholarship for one of the students or contribute to make the trip more affordable for everyone, please contact JMArts President Rose Pate at rpate@chatham.k12.nc.us. For information about the JM New York Arts Adventure: http://pateandassociates.com/JMArts/JMNewYorkArtsAdventure18.pdf
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The 4th annual Jordan Lake 12-Hour Challenge will be held April 14, 2018 at Jordan Lake Educational State Forest on Big Woods Road. Teams or individuals can compete for the greatest distance covered in 6 or 12 hours. Proceeds benefit Chatham County Partnership for Children. More info at: www.chathamkids.org/12-hour.
SonShine & Blessings is in immediate need of Christian volunteers for clients waiting for help, both in Pittsboro and Siler City. If you would be willing to become a part of SS&B as a volunteer, please contact me as soon as possible for information and to get started (see signature below). We currently have a client who lives in Pittsboro who is in his 50?s, is blind, and who needs weekly transport to and help with shopping. For only a couple of hours a week, you could make a huge difference in his life, and you will be blessed as much or more than he will be! We?ve been serving him for the past 8 months, but his current volunteer is having to take an indefinite, possibly permanent, break from volunteering, and we don?t have any more volunteers with available time to step in. We have another client in Pittsboro who is not elderly, but is disabled. She had one of our volunteers for help during the summer, but that volunteer went back to college and is no longer available. She needs help with ironing, mending, other miscellaneous small projects and transport to doctor?s appointments occasionally. She is looking for 4 hours per week (either 2 hours/2 days or 4 hours 1 day). An elderly client on our waiting list also lives in Pittsboro. She needs weekly help cleaning her one-bedroom apartment. Please prayerfully consider joining our team and help us to make a difference in other?s lives! Be the hands and feet of Jesus and share His light in our communities! In Christ, Joyce B. Frank Executive Director Support us: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2381700 SonShine & Blessings 298 Lindo Johnson Rd. Pittsboro, NC 27312 Phone/Fax: 919-542-5436 Cell: 919-810-1230 Email: Joyce@SonShineandBlessings.com Website: www.sonshineandblessings.com
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Photographers and videographers will enjoy capturing the fun and excitement of our Artist Residencies. These days lead up to a culminating performance or public reading that occur at schools during the day. Professional development for teachers occurs during after school sessions. Final photos or edited video may be used for promotional purposes at our website or other online venues, as well as in local newspapers, magazines.
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Are you a natural organizer who would enjoy filing and sorting and random acts to assist our small, part-time staff? You may also be called on to do simple data-entry, collating, folding, stuffing of items to be mailed, etc. We may soon open the office/exhibit space and need a friendly person to staff the space during an exhibit of art.
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VFW Post 7313 has begun seeking individuals who wish to form an organization to support the efforts of the local VFW Post members who continue to serve veterans in our community. To find out how to become involved contact Doc Ski at 919-929-9023, or e-mail Ms Barb Vogel at bvogel802@aol.com. Thank you for your consideration. Doc Ski Commander, VFW Post 7313, serving Pittsboro and all of Chatham County.
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We are looking for amazing volunteers to lead Girl Scout troops in Chatham County. Training can be done online and materials to run your troop meetings are pre-made and ready to go. Volunteering has never been easier. Invest in girls and change the world! For more information, contact Kristan Shimpi at 919 915-0634, kshimpi@nccoastalpines.org
VFW Post 7313 meets the 4th Tuesday of every month at our Post home located at 219 West Street for a free meal and camaraderie. Eligible non-members are invited to join us. Meal starts at 18:30 hours (6:30 pm) followed by the business meeting at 19:00 hours (7:00 pm). We look forward to meeting you. Doc Ski Commander, VFW Post 7313, serving Pittsboro and all of Chatham County.
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