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Events are subject to change based on closures due to coronavirus. Verify with organizers prior to events.
Chatham County Council on Aging: both centers are closed at this time until further notice. If you need to pick up supplies, call the Siler City or Pittsboro location or check our website at chathamcoa.org.
Chatham County Historical Museum: For the safety of visitors and volunteers, the Chatham County Historical Museum is closed until further notice. See our website: https://chathamhistory.org.
Chatham Community Library: Closed to the public at this time.
ON THE AGENDA
Chatham County Board of Commissioners, Monday, Oct. 19, with meetings at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Historic Chatham County Courthouse, Pittsboro.
Siler City Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m, Monday, Oct. 19, at Siler City Town Hall.
Pittsboro Board of Commissioners, 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16, Pittsboro Town Hall.
Chatham County Solid Waste & Recycling will have mulch sales during the month of October. at the Main Facility, at 28 County Services Rd., Pittsboro. Saturday sales are from 7:30 a.m. to noon on October 17, 24 and 31. Wednesday sales are from 7 a.m. to noon on October 14, 21 and 28. Solid Waste & Recycling staff will load the mulch, and residents must haul it. Mulch is $5 per scoop,(about one cubic yard). Staff will load large trailers and dump trucks only with a large scoop for $10 per scoop. Note: Saturday sales are cash or check only. Sales will continue as long as supplies last. All loads of mulch MUST be secured. Learn more about securing your load. Tarps are available for purchase at the Main Facility and during mulch sales. The tarps are $3 each and are 6x8 feet.
The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties (LWVODC) reminds everyone of the availability of VOTE411.org, their online 2020 Election Voter Guide. The League’s nonpartisan election resource offers voters a “one-stop shop” for all things election related. Visit VOTE411.org, enter your address and see: Your customized ballot; Candidate profiles and responses to questions in the candidate’s words; Where and when to vote; Voter registration status, and more.
COUNTING for the #2020 CENSUS will continue through Oct. 31. Census takers are visiting every household that has not already responded to the 2020 Census. If a census-taker comes to your home, please cooperate. Chatham County needs your response. If you haven’t already, you can respond online at 2020census.gov, by phone, or by mail.
Central Carolina Community College: Whether you are looking for flexible course choices to meet your personal schedule or starting a new program of study, CCCC’s 8-week term allows you to find courses that fit your academic and career goals. The next set of 8-week classes begin Oct. 15. To register for courses, contact your advisor or the admissions office at 919-718-7300 (Lee Main Campus), 919-545-8025 (Chatham Main Campus), and 910-814-8827 or 910-814-8867 (Harnett Main Campus). See www.cccc.edu/12and8 for a list of classes.
Chatham Community Library is also offering free classes on Digital Genealogy, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel in October. All classes will be presented virtually. Register online to receive a meeting link. A description of each class, including topics covered and prerequisites for attending, can be found at www.chathamnc.org/ComputerClasses. Going Digital with Genealogy: Now in progress, Wednesdays, 3 p.m.; Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 1: Oct. 21, Wednesday, 3 p.m.; Microsoft Excel Basics, Part 2: Oct. 28, Wednesday, 3 p.m. For more information, call 919-545-8086 or email email@example.com. A full list of upcoming programs can be found on the library’s events calendar.
The Pittsboro Farmers Market is open with seasonable items year-round from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays. It is located at 287 East St., Pittsboro.
St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church provides a healthy, appetizing meal at no cost to those who come to us hungry at noon on Thursdays. We provide a place of hospitality and fellowship for everyone. All are welcome, regardless of race, sex, age, national origin, religious preference, handicap, or income.
HEAL 2020 (October 16-17) is an upcoming Pittsboro Youth Theater drive-in musical with a variety of modern hit songs from popular artists and Broadway theater. You can purchase tickets at www.pittsboroyouththeater.com. In addition to Pittsboro Youth Theater, the following special guests will perform: Haw River Christian Academy Theater Department will perform a short play, “The Prideful Princess” (PreShow) on both nights. The Triggle Academy will perform an Irish Dance routine during intermission, and Chatham Dance Connection will perform with PYT in sections of “Heal 2020.
NEW HOPE VALLEY RAILWAY is Back on Track. The nonprofit railway reopens with limited capacity Halloween train rides in Bonsal. The North Carolina Railway Museum, which operates New Hope Valley Railway (NHVR) has reopened to the public and resumed train rides with its popular Track or Treat: Halloween Express trains. Located at 3900 Bonsal Road in New Hill, it is nicknamed the Triangle’s Train. NHVR’s family-friendly Halloween trains are planned for weekends in October, Saturdays Oct. 17, 24 and 31. Trains will depart at 2:45, 4:00, 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m. and tickets will only be sold online prior to ride days and not at the railroad on the day-of. Tickets cost $14 for all ages.
YOUTH JUMP ROPE CLASSES: Class 2: Meets at Northwest District Park on Wednesdays 6 p.m. to 6:55 p.m., until Oct. 21. This class is all about fun and fitness, and is suitable for youth who are both beginning and intermediate jumpers. Participants will learn and perfect single rope, Double Dutch, and long rope skills. Jumpers will develop strength, agility and endurance throughout the class. For details on how to register, visit the parks and recreation website: chathamnc.org/parks-recreation or call the office at 919-545-8555.
The next virtual WAKE UP WEDNESDAY networking meeting is Oct. 21. Please join us! Below is the link to join in. You may start logging on at 8am to take care of any technical issues you may encounter. Please make sure your camera/audio works. The structured meeting will begin at 8:30am. This months speakers are Jeff Spear, Senior Loan Consultant and Kristi Farrell representing Burlington Animal Services. Join Zoom Meeting, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82606470013, Meeting ID: 826 0647 0013, One tap mobile 19292056099,82606470013# US (New York).
Chatham Arts & Recreation: Youth Art Class will meet Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m., through Oct. 22. This is a six-week exploration of various art and craft skills. Participants will experiment with projects such as watercolor painting, dot painting, paper crafts (quilling and/or origami) and 3D art. For details on how to register, visit the parks and recreation website: chathamnc.org/parks-recreation or call 919-545-8555.
Chatham Arts & Recreation: The Trunk or Treat Boo-Thru will have candy drive-throughs and a pumpkin carving contest this year. Event 1: A “Monster Hunt” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in Southwest District Park on Thursday, Oct. 29, and Event 2: from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30, in the Northwest District Park.
SILER CITY FRIDAY NIGHTS FLICKS series concludes Oct. 23. Make plans to join Siler City Parks and Recreation for the final Friday Night Flick of the 2020 season series. “The Addams Family,” a 2019 animated film, will premier on the big screen at dusk at Bray Park. Grab your blankets, chairs and enjoy the final free family-friendly movie under the stars.
FireClay Cellar/Winery Craft Show and Wine Tasting: preview Friday, Oct. 23; Event scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24 from 12 to 6 p.m. (Rain date: Sunday). Out of the Studio - “Into the Vines” - Join us as we celebrate the fall season, with a family friendly, socially responsible local happening. Wear the mask, y’all! No pets please!
Second Bloom of Chatham: Come see us 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 10 Sanford Rd., Pittsboro (on the Courthouse Circle). Credit cards are accepted. Profits go to support services for survivors of domestic or sexual violence and promote community education in collaboration with Chatham County.
With COVID-19 sweeping the country, artists’ livelihoods are being challenged like never before. The Chatham Arts Council has put together a relief effort specifically for artists and arts-workers called CAARE: Chatham Artist and Arts-Worker Relief Effort. For more information on CAARE, or to donate, visit ChathamArtsCouncil.org.
JMArts hosted a JMACoronaConcert via Twitter featuring performances submitted by JM students and faculty. Concerts can be viewed on its Twitter account @JMArts and by using the hashtags #JMACoronaConcert performances and #JMACoronaConcert program.
Adult Volunteers Needed at Chatham Hospital in Siler City, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Siler City and part of the UNC Health Care System. All prospective volunteers must complete an on-line application, a criminal background check, an orientation and have documentation of required immunizations. To learn more go to: www.chathamhospital.org/ch/about-us/volunteer.
Volunteers Needed: Nonprofit agencies in Chatham seek teen volunteers to help with many projects. Teens can help at food pantries, in gardens, fundraising projects, office work, and care for animals. Chatham Connecting website lists many volunteer opportunities for youth. See where you are needed to help in the community: www.chathamconnecting.org.
Foster and/or adoptive information: Give children a safe place to grow. Interested in becoming a Foster and/or Adoptive parent? Call 919-642-6956 to learn more.
Alcoholics Anonymous — North Carolina District 33, call the Help Line at 866-640-0180 for the meeting schedule for this area.
Motorcycle Association — The Motorcycle Association for Chatham, Western Wake, Lee, Orange and Alamance counties meets in Pittsboro and is open to all riders. For information, call 919-392-3939 or visit www.chathamCBA.com.
Narcotics Anonymous — For drug problems in the family, Narcotics Anonymous helps. Call 1-800-721-8225 for listing of local meetings.
Al-Anon Meeting — Pittsboro Serenity Seekers Al-Anon Family Group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at Chatham Community Church, in the lower level of Chatham Mill, Pittsboro.
Scout News • Boy Scout Troop 93 in Pittsboro meets 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Harold Boone Scout Park on Hwy 64W, just past CCCC. Open to boys, ages 11-17. Visit www.bstroop93.org for more information. • Pack 924 of Siler City First U.M.C. meets on from 7 to 8:30 p.m Tuesdays for boys, grades 1 through 5. Come join the Cub Scouts. • Pack 900 in Bear Creek meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Meroney’s U.M.C., following the school calendar. See http://pack900.com for more information.