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Board of Elections seeking public comment
on proposed precinct changes

To improve the Election Day voting experience for Orange County residents, the Board of Elections is considering several changes to precinct lines in Orange County.

"Pursuant to Session Law 2019-16, the Orange County Board of Elections has taken up an offer from the North Carolina State Board of Elections to evaluate our current precincts lines and make recommendations to the State Board of Elections for any changes," said Jamie Cox, Orange County Board of Elections Chair. "As a county where a majority of our voters cast their ballots during the One Stop Early Voting period, we want to use this opportunity to make sure that our precincts are drawn in a way that provides the most convenient experience for our voters while optimizing use of public resources. We want to make sure that changes are beneficial without being overly disruptive.

"We are committed to conducting this process in an open, transparent way, and hope to hear the thoughts of as many stake-holders throughout the county as possible to ensure all voices are heard."

The Board of Elections will host a public forum on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m. at elections headquarters (208 S. Cameron Str., Hillsborough, NC 27278). Board members and staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The proposed changes are available on the Orange County website and may impact numerous precincts. Public comment will be accepted until noon on Friday, Sept. 6, 2019.

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Animal Services offers grant program

Orange County Animal Services is offering The Pat Sanford Animal Welfare Grant, a program to support animal welfare initiatives and projects in Orange County, thanks to a generous donation from Friends of Orange County Animal Shelter for that purpose. This is the fourth year the award has been offered, and it will be awarded for initiatives up to $500. Applications must be received by Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The grant can be used for a wide range of pilot or seed projects or to supplement other programs, projects and grants that support companion animals, including animals used in recreation or therapy. It is available to individuals, groups and organizations. Recipients do not have to live in Orange County, but the funds must be used to aid animal welfare efforts in Orange County. Past recipients include Hope Animal Rescue, Independent Animal Rescue, NC Therapeutic Riding Center, and Pet Pals.

The program honors Pat Sanford, former Executive Director of the Animal Protection Society of Orange County (APS). Sanford served there for 17 years, where she pushed for spay/neuter to combat the county’s pet overpopulation problem, helped expand the APS twice, and created a wildlife rehabilitation component that would carry on beyond her retirement. After her retirement in 2002, Sanford continued her work for Orange County animals and served on the county’s Animal Services Advisory Board for several years.

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Passmore Center Book Club welcomes A.J. Mayhew

Join the Passmore Center Book Club members as they host A.J. Mayhew who will talk about her book, "The Dry Grass of August," a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.

The free event will be held Wed., Aug. 28, beginning at 10:30 a.m., at the Passmore Center. Please register by Wednesday, Aug. 21, by calling (919) 245-2015.

LGBTQ & FRIENDS Present: The Ties That Bind with Diana Newton

The Ties that Bind is a heartfelt documentary that delivers an introspective and honest exploration of acceptance. The film details Diana Newton’s journey with her sister Christine, a trans woman, and their family as they navigate the emotional and physical struggles of transitioning.

Diana Newton offers a glimpse into the world of a Southern family as they confront society’s cultural bias and learn to face their own personal journey to live authentically.

The free event will be held Thursday, Aug. 15, from 6-9 p.m. at the Seymour Center (2551 Homestead Rd, Chapel Hill). Diana will offer a Q&A Session to follow. Refreshments will be served.

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Linda Dougherty, North Carolina Museum of Art’s Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art, will serve as guest juror.

Third Annual Paint it Orange Plein Air Paint-out Scheduled for Sept. 25-27

Application Architects presents the 3rd annual Paint It Orange: Plein Air Paint-Out and Wet Paint Sale Sept. 25-27, 2019. Artists are invited to join us for two days this September to capture the landscapes and landmarks that are signature to our county. Local and visiting artists will paint the beauty and charm of Orange County en plein air.  
Artists will paint at their choice of site(s) in Orange County and will submit up to two of their favorite paintings for jurying on Friday, Sept. 27 at C3 Hillsborough. We are pleased to announce our guest juror will be Linda Dougherty, North Carolina Museum of Art’s Chief Curator and Curator of Contemporary Art. Awards for first, second and third place, People’s Choice and Sponsor’s Choice will be announced at 6 p.m., followed by a reception during the Last Fridays Art Walk and “Wet Paint Sale” in which the submitted paintings will be available for a “cash and carry” sale. A portion of the sales of these original paintings will benefit Hillsborough Arts Commission and Orane County Arts Commission.
Artists can take advantage of early registration through Aug. 31, for $25. Beginning Sept. 1, the price increases to $30. $20 flat rate for students (must present valid student ID at check in).

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