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Orange County announces closings for holidays

Orange County administrative offices will be closed from Dec. 24-26 in observance of Christmas and Jan. 1 in observance of New Year's Day. Please note the following exceptions.

Curbside recycling will run as normal on Tuesday, Dec. 24, and  Thursday, Dec. 26. Recycling for Wednesday, Dec. 25, will be collected on Saturday, Dec. 28. Recycling for Wednesday, Jan. 1, will be collected on Saturday, Jan. 4. Please have your bins out by 7 a.m. 

Waste and Recycling Centers and the landfill will be closed Dec. 24-25 and will operate as normal on Dec. 26.

Orange County Public Transit will operate limited service serving the in-county dialysis route only (Carolina Dialysis) on Dec. 24 and Dec. 26.

In order to provide two working days notice for scheduling trips, requests for Friday, Dec. 27, must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20. Trip requests for Monday, Dec. 30, must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23.

For Animal Control emergencies, including potential rabies exposures or animal bites to humans, please call 911 to be connected to our on-call Animal Control Officer. The after-hours animal drop off (night drop) will remain open and will be checked daily.

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Be a 2020 Census Captain

The Orange County Complete Count Committee, a group consisting of representatives from local governments, community partners, non-profits and volunteers, is recruiting for neighborhood Census Captains to help spread the word about the importance of responding to the 2020 Census next spring.

Census Captains will promote the 2020 Census by sharing information provided to you by the Complete Count Committee via social media, neighborhood email groups, community newsletters, etc. If you are interested or would like to volunteer, please fill out this form.

Orange County to host discussion
about substance use and aging

The Orange County Department on Aging and the Project EngAGE Mental Wellness Senior Resource Team invite the public to a Conversation about Substance Use and Aging on Jan. 22.

Our bodies change as we age, and so does the impact certain substances like prescription drugs, medications, alcohol, etc. have on us.

Join us for a discussion about substance use among older adults. What does it mean? How can we recognize a potential problem in ourselves and others? How do we talk about it, and with whom? What treatment options are available?

Experts will discuss these topics and more on Wed., Jan. 22 from 5:30–7 pm at the Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Road in Chapel Hill).

Following the discussion the panel will be available to answer questions. Questions can be asked following the presentation, or submitted in writing.

Guest Speakers

  • Jena Ivey Burkhart, PharmD, BCPS, CPP, from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Pharmacy
  • Heather Griffin-Dolciney, LCSW, LCAS, CCS, from Freedom House
  • Dr. Sharon Reilly, Medical Director from Piedmont Health SeniorCare PACE
  • Dr. Stuart Downie, MB ChB, Geriatric Psychiatrist from Duke

Participants are asked to register by Friday, Jan. 17.


For more information or to register, please call the Seymour Center at 919.968.2070.

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Registration open for PLANT Beginning Farmer Class

The 13th annual beginning farmer class, PLANT (People Learning Agriculture Now for Tomorrow), starts Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. This class covers many production and business related topics for aspiring farmers.

Each class meets for three hours, from 6-9 p.m. at the Orange County Cooperative Extension office, located at 306-E Revere Road, Hillsborough. Each session is split into three segments taught by experienced local vegetable growers, University professors, Extension specialists or agents or other experts.

This class is part of the PLANT Beginning Farmer program run by Orange County Cooperative Extension that started in 2008. To register, please go here or look for class information on the homepage of the Orange County Cooperative Extension website. Registration deadline is Jan. 3, 2020.

If you have questions about this class or any aspect of the Beginning Farmer Program call Mike Lanier at 919/245-2063.

Orange County to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Orange County Department on Aging and NCCU Alumni Orange County Chapter invite the public to a Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Passmore Center (103 Meadowlands Drive, Hillsborough).
Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and all that he accomplished through his courage and nonviolent protests. He will forever be remembered.
The free program will take place at the Passmore Center from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Guests are asked to register by Friday, Jan. 10. For more information or to register, please call 919-245-2015.
The celebration features special guest speaker, Danita Mason-Hogans, who is a native of Chapel Hill and comes from seven generations of “movement people.” She has also been an education activist for more than 30 years and serves as Program Manager for the Critical Oral Histories program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

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