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Charity & Just Responses to Human Needs Community Workshop

The Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and Orange County Food Council will host "Charity & Justice Community Workshop" on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Carrboro Century Center (100 N Greensboro Street).

In this adapted Part I Workshop, we will provide attendees with space to plan for activities in their workplaces, community organizations and lives that will address human needs through just responses.

Come get a refresher on the differences between charitable and just responses to issues like poverty and food insecurity and then spend time working through your own examples with help from others.

Note: You need not have attended a prior session to attend this one.
  • Click here to register.
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County Government Academy class of 2020 open for registration

Interested in learning more about your county government? Want to take behind-the-scenes tours of the 9-1-1 center, the Orange County Animal Center and other county facilities? Sign up for the 2020 Orange County Government Academy.

The 2020 County Government Academy will begin Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. The eight-session course is open to all county residents aged 16 and older. Classes will be held first and third Tuesdays of each month, beginning at 6 p.m. Full schedule will be posted when it is finalized.

Class size is limited to 30 participants and will be filled first-come, first-served. Fill out our online form to reserve your spot.

About the Academy

Faculty from the School of Government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill will teach classes on the roles of counties in the intergovernmental system. Orange County staff will discuss the services provided by their departments.

Most sessions are held at the Durham County Technical College Hillsborough Campus. Some nights will feature tours of county facilities like the Orange County Animal Shelter and the 911 Communications Center.

Each series of classes will also include an interactive exercise on developing a county budget that puts participants in the roles of county commissioners.

View the tentative spring 2020 schedule and curriculum.
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Registration for the PLANT Beginning Farmer Class ends Jan. 3

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, NC.  Each three-hour class is split into three segments, taught by experienced local vegetable growers, University professors, Extension specialists or agents, or other topic related 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 to here or look for class information on the homepage of the Orange County (NC) Cooperative Extension website. Registration deadline is January 3, 2020.

If you have questions about this class or any aspect of the Beginning Farmer Program can call Mike Lanier at 919/245-2063 to discuss your interest.
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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.
Join us as we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr and all that he accomplished–his courage and nonviolent protests. He will forever be remembered. 
The program will take place at the Passmore Center on Friday, Jan. 17, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Guests are asked to register by Friday, Jan. 10.

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 over 30 years and is employed with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University where she serves as Program Manager for the Critical Oral Histories program.


The Passmore Center is located at 103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough.

For more information or to register, please call 919-245-2015.
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