Jun 19, 2018 8:30 AM

4TH NC COMPOSTING COUNCIL ANNUAL MEMBERS MEETING AT THE GOVERNOR’S CLUB IN CHAPEL HILL! Join us in celebrating our accomplishments over the previous year, hear about our exciting plans for the year ahead, and learn how you can become engaged and involved. The day includes a morning of information sharing followed by a complimentary lunch and tour of the gardens. COST FOR THE DAY FREE to all current US Composting Council member and current NC Composting Council Supporters (see website to join). Non-Members: Early Registration $15 until June 6th, afterwards the cost is $25 Due to room size we need to limit total attendance to 50 attendees, don’t miss out on this great event and please Register here: (https://ncccmembersmeeting.eventbrite.com). Thank you! Support our non-profit organization by becoming a NCCC Supporter for only $25/year. This will include registration to this event and a “NC is Compostable” t-shirt. You can become a NCCC supporter through the registration on this page. For more information about a US Composting Council membership, visit the USCC membership page. AGENDA (8:30am – 1pm) 8:30 – 9am Registration & Coffee 9am – 12pm Program Welcome & 2017 NCCC Overview Frank Franciosi – US Composting Council, Current Status Rachel Kipar – Henderson County Food Collection Program Group Discussion – Available Composting Resources Group Discussion – Committee Projects Update  12pm – 1pm Networking Lunch

Jun 08, 2018 11:30 AM

UPDATE: This program is now approved for CME and CLE credit for North Carolina. Save the Date! 2 hours credit that apply as both Continuing Mediator Education and Continuing Legal Education CME Hours: 2 (full annual requirement) Date:             June 8, 2018Time:            11:30 - 2:00 pmLocation:      1001 Morehead Square                      Suite 450                     Charlotte, NC 28209 Cost:            $60 total (due via check, credit card or cash by May 15th to hold your reservation)                     Contact Heidi Risser to pay by credit card: [email protected] 704-447-7547                     Send checks with "6-8-18 CME" in memo to:                     Heidi Risser                     319 South Sharon Amity Road, Suite 120                     Charlotte, North Carolina 28211 Other:           CME and CLE fees as well as lunch will be paid for by the program.                     CLE fees are $3.5 per credit hour (included in registration fee). Beginning last year, every active Certified Mediator associated with the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission (DRC) must complete 2 hours of CME. Instead of doing this CME via video with no interaction, attend our CME event on June 8th with us.  The CME begins at 11:30am. Lunch and refreshments are included.   The CME is tailored towards the requirements set forth by the Dispute Resolution Commission, and focus on mediator ethics in the form of role plays and discussion of the most recent Advisory Opinions. We will also have an open discussion on how to grow and promote our respective mediation practices, which will not qualify for CME credit.   PRESENTERS Heidi Risser is a DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator and Collaborative Law attorney practicing family law in Charlotte for over 10 years. She received her law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. She started her own firm nearly 3 years ago and practices primarily in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Ketan Soni is a DRC Certified Family Financial Mediator who has practiced in Raleigh in Charlotte for the past 17 years. Ketan has focused on building a mediation practice for the past 7 years in the Charlotte region. He received his law degree from Wake Forest University.

Jun 27, 2018 8:00 PM

Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since since they formed in Chapel Hill, NC in 1983. Guitarist/singer Rick Miller, drummer Dave Hartman and bassist/singer/heartbreaker Mary Huff, play a greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country-fried garage with a side of psych, all the while driving fans into ecstatic, sweat-drenched paroxysms of joy. It's a musical gumbo Miller calls, “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.“ The band has been prolific and ubiquitous for over thirty years, touring everywhere from the North Carolina Prison System to Mt. Fuji, Japan and delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.“In 2014 the band was honored by the Southern Folk Life Collection at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with an exhibition featuring their music and cultural contributions. The flame-adorned La-Z-Boy from the cover of their Plastic Seat Sweat LP now resides at UNC-CH!THE ELECTRIC PINECONESSouthern Culture On The Skids' newest album, The Electric Pinecones, will be released on September 16, 2016. It's the band's fifth album on their own label, Kudzu Records. The album features 12 original SCOTS tunes - 11 brand new songs and a whole-lotta NOLA remake of the SCOTS classic, “Swamp Fox - The Original.“ All the tunes were produced and recorded at Rick's studio in NC, The Kudzu Ranch.The Electric Pinecones is a bit of a departure for the band conceptually and sonically. The inspiration for the record was born in an alter-ego side project from the early years of the band. “The Pinecones was folk-a-hill-a-billy garage band we used to put together just for kicks,“ Miller relates. “We loved the sound of '60s west coast folk rock and psych bands. The Pinecones was our outlet for material that was not in the SCOTS vein. We even opened for ourselves occasionally. The Pinecones set list was the jumping off point for this latest collection of songs.“The first single off the album, “Grey Skies,“ is a minor key mood piece with that folk-a-billy, psychedelic sound. Listen to how the acoustic 12-string riff slides into the band's hypnotic rhythms that propel Mary Huff's reflective vocal into the mind's eye of times past and love lost. “Check out the Mellotron on the chorus - that is a first for us,“ Miller says.The lead off track, “Freak Flag,“ is more upbeat, but no less tweaked, with modulating guitars riding on pounding drums after the first verse. The song's message is a good one - it is okay to be different and always respect yourself. The band debuted the song to an auditorium full of rowdy students at Carrboro Elementary School. “I was nervous,“ Miller says “if the kids don't like something they let you know, but when they started singing along with the second chorus and waving their imaginary freak flags in the air, I knew it was a hit!““Dirt Road“ is Mary's three-minute ode to sances, thunderstorms and good lovin' long gone. The song is a backwoods southern gothic ghost story that opens with a big tom fill then twists and turns around a folky strum and a fuzz guitar. Mary's spooky-good vocal takes it down that dirt road way back into the piney woods.The album also has some country rock songs that highlight the melodic side of SCOTS, with “Baby I Like You,“ “I Ain't Gonna Hang Around“ and “Given To Me“ featuring some of the best harmonies Rick and Mary have ever recorded.“Waiting On You“ is the longest song on the album, coming in at 4:22; it's a folk-garage-rocker with a sing-a-long chorus that segues into a surf raga breakdown before heading back to the big riff and out.The album has traditional Southern Culture flavor too. Check out the remake of “Swamp Fox - The Original“. This take goes back to the beginnings of the song and is much closer to capturing the essence of the many all-nighters the band pulled in NOLA with friends and colleagues. The country funk of “Rice and Beans,“ is a good humored tale of a cash strapped southern courtship, and “Midnight Caller“ is Mary's slinky R'n'B flavored woman-to-woman warning about bad men looking for good times.Song for song, on The Electric Pinecones, Southern Culture On The Skids continues to blow minds and blur the lines between genres delivering a stellar album. From their 1985 debut Voodoo Beach Party, to their 1988 international smash, Dirt Track Date (featuring the hit single “Camel Walk“), and now to the SCOTS-ified tunes of The Electric Pinecones, 30 years, 200 songs and 1,000,000 road miles in, Southern Culture On The Skids just continues to get better with time.

Jun 10, 2018 2:00 PM

BUMP's Annual Black Music Month Celebration unites the community around our musical heritage - to enjoy the music of talented performing artists, to celebrate the positive impact of local musicians and organizations working to empower our youth through music, and to raise funds for BUMP. This year's concert features The Durham Symphony Orchestra, 100 Men in Black, the Students of Ubuntu Music Academy. FREE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FAIR2:00pm - 3:30pmEnjoy food, fun and fellowship with interactive family workshops and visit with community organizations that serve our youthTICKETED CONCERT4:00pmFeaturing Durham Symphony Orchestra with Combined Choirs, 100 Men in Black and the Students of Ubuntu Music Academy  June 10, 2018Duke Memorial United Methodist Church504 W. Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC 27701 Concert Ticket PricesAdults - $20Kids (under 12) - $10Students & ​Senior​Citizens (over 65) - $15 Tickets also available at Ngozi Design, 321 W. Main St, Durham NC 27701

Jun 07, 2018 6:00 PM

We're thrilled to be hosting an 'ekphrastic' weaving workshop with textile artist Katie Berman in conjunction with our current exhibition, Ekphrasis. Ekphrasis features eight artists responding in their own mediums - sculpture, painting, drawing, weaving, music, poetry, and so on – to eight particular photographs from the history of photography.  We'll practice our own ekphrastic process by responding to images through creating a small weaving. Each participant is encouraged to bring their own image, whether it is an old family photograph or a postcard of a favorite photograph from a recent museum trip. Feel free to get creative! Instructed by Katie, we'll learn the basics of loom weaving and explore color, form, and texture. All materials provided in the cost of the workshop. Katie Berman is a weaver, natural dyer and educator based in Durham, NC. Empowering others to live out their creative dreams through making is her passion. When not busily making in the studio, you will most likely find her tending to her garden or attempting to corral her backyard chickens. Learn more at www.katiebermantextiles.com or on her Instagram. A few things to note: We are a 0% commission space and all ticket sales are going directly to the artist and to cover the cost of supplies. Since Cassilhaus is also a private residence, all registered attendees will receive an email 72 hours in advance of the event with our address and parking information. We are located in Duke Forest, between Durham and Chapel Hill. 

May 24, 2018 9:00 AM

Workshop: We have five decades of research proving that addiction is a chronic brain disorder, not a moral failing. We know how to prevent it. We know what causes it. We know how to treat it. We know recovery is a reality. Yet we have been responding to alcohol and other drug problems with the acute care model of addiction treatment and incarceration. This workshop will provide education on the pathology and chronic nature of substance use disorder. We explore the limitations of the acute care model of addiction treatment and provide an overview of recovery-oriented systems of care. We discuss the role public perception and pejorative language play in discriminatory public health policy, and we discuss strategies to improve the culture in our workplaces to promote help seeking and the provision of excellent care. About the Presenter: Donald McDonald is the Executive Director of Addiction Professionals of North Carolina (APNC), an affiliate of NAADAC. APNC empowers its prevention, treatment, and recovery professionals to thrive in NC’s evolving continuum of care. Donald was previously the Director of Advocacy and Education with Recovery Communities of North Carolina (RCNC). His work took him across the state, educating communities about substance use disorder, recovery oriented systems of care, and how changing language and reducing stigma can promote health and wellness. Donald is a NC Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and holds a Master of Social Work from UNC Chapel Hill. Navy veteran, former teacher, and “jazz” trumpet player, Donald McDonald is a man thriving in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders since October 12, 2004. WHEN: May 24, 20189:00am - 1:00pm (Lunch will be provided!) WHERE: Freedom House Recovery Center104 New Stateside DriveChapel Hill, NC 27516 COST: FREE for APNC Members$15.00 -- for not yet members ADDITIONAL INFO:www.APNC.org*You may pay online by credit card, or by cash/check at the door.For more information, contact Mat Sandifer APNC North Central Region VP at [email protected] A great big thank you goes out to our community partner, Freedom House Recovery Center, for generously hosting this event. THANK YOU!

Jun 01, 2018 4:00 PM

The Southern Documentary Fund (SDF) is proud to announce the 5th Annual Artists Convening in Durham, North Carolina.  Taking place Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd, the Convening features a weekend packed with inspiring workshops, panels, and mentoring sessions, combined with a healthy dose of community building and peer networking. Now in its fifth year, the Convening has more than doubled in size, with this year’s Convening slated to attract more than 100 documentary filmmakers and supporters. Registration is open to documentary makers, educators, and students, and individual tickets to certain events are available to the public.  A full schedule of the Convening and additional details are available on our website.   FAQs How can I volunteer at the event? Glad you asked!  Please fill out the 2018 Artists Convening Volunteer Form and we'll get back to you shortly. What are my parking options near the event? Corcoran Street Garage - 212 Ramseur Street Chapel Hill Street Garage - 326 E Chapel Hill Street Durham Centre Garage - 300 W Morgan Street more info on parking can be found here: https://americantobaccocampus.com/parking Where can I find the Convening schedule? You can find a full schedule with speakers, lodging info, and more on our website.  Are there discounted hotel accomodations? Durham Marriott City Center 201 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701   Rate: $129/night + tax (Must be booked by May 1st) Sponsors:

Jun 24, 2018 6:30 PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT CAROLINA MEADOWS General Admission ($20 per person/1 ticket)-Show is 6:30-8:30pm. Includes admission to the show, dessert table and coffee. $2.03 ticketing service charge will be applied to each ticket. Table Sponsor: $600 (+ $31.38 ticketing service charge per table). 5:00pm. General Admission & Dinner: Includes 6 seats for dinner in the private dining room at Carolina Meadows, a private performance by Tony Williamson, performance in auditiorim with Tony Williamson Band and the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, dessert table and coffee. No alcohol may be purchased or brought in by anyone who is NOT a Carolina Meadows resident. Please contact Melanie Girard at [email protected] or 919-542-4512 ext. 223 for purchase and details. 6 tables available. Welcome to our 2nd Annual Music Fundraiser at Carolina Meadows! The Council on Aging is excited to announce a fundraiser with Chatham’s very own mandolin hero and 2018 NC Hertiage Award winner,Tony Williamson. Williamson will be performing at Carolina Meadows in Chapel Hill (Chatham County) with his band along with the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra for a magical evening of bluegrass and jazz.Dessert and refreshments will be served at intermission. Mandolin virtuoso Tony Williamson was born and raised in rural Piedmont North Carolina in a family of wood-workers and musicians.  With his brother Gary on banjo, the two became child sensations and by 1969 had won First places in the coveted "World Championship" in Union Grove, North Carolina. In 1976, Tony answered the call to go on the road with the Bluegrass Alliance, whose alumni include Vince Gill, Sam Bush, Tony Rice and many others.  Afterwards, his credits include performances on stage and in the recording studio with Alison Krauss, Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Bobby Hicks, Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, David Grisman, Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas. He has received many awards for his music, including the IBMA recorded event of the year in 1994, and has even performed for Luciano Pavarotti!  Since 1991, The Heart of Carolina Jazz Society has programed a regular series of events throughout the fiscal year, primarily concert presentations and rehearsals by the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra (a community orchestra formed by Dr. Gregg Gelb when he was Visiting Artist at Central Carolina Community College from 1989-1991 and educational outreach events associated with the concerts. Special guest artist concerts are a regular part of the programming. World famous jazz artists have appeared in our series: Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bud Shank, Dave Valentin, Houston Person, just to name a few. All proceeds go to  Meals on Wheels and other Chatham County Council on Aging programs.

Jun 02, 2018 7:00 PM

We're thrilled to be hosting an intimate performance by Durham-based songwriter and storyteller KAMARA THOMAS in conjunction with our current exhibition at Cassilhaus, Ekphrasis. Kamara will be performing a song she has written in response to a photograph by Alec Soth for the exhibition, along with a full set of her own. Join us as the sun sets over Cassilhaus to listen to Kamara's melancholic, acoustic-based Americana storytelling – you won't want to miss this. A few things to note: We are a 0% commission space and all ticket sales are going directly to the artist. Since Cassilhaus is also a private residence, you will receive our address by email 72 hours in advance of the event. We are located in Duke Forest, approximately 15 minutes from both Durham and Chapel Hill. Wine and cheese will be served at this event. Kamara Thomas is a songwriter, storyteller, and mythology fanatic based in Durham, NC. She is currently at work producing her debut solo album TULAROSA: AN AMERICAN DREAMTIME. Kamara has been a resident at Yaddo, and in 2015 performed the "Tularosa" song-cycle as a featured artist for Lincoln Center Education. She made her directorial debut in 2016 with the short film "Oh Gallows", a conceptual preview of the Tularosa album and upcoming theatre work.  Born in Chicago to a hippie-turned-born-again mother who only permitted her to listen to country/western out of the world of popular music, Kamara Thomas is a singer, songwriter and dramatist that logged time in Los Angeles and New York City. In the latter, Thomas honed her craft playing in power trio Earl Greyhound and twangy side project the Ghost Gamblers. (She also served as the driving force behind the weekly Honky-Tonk Happy Hour series at the Living Room on the Lower East Side.) Performing in the vicinity of her current Durham home with her ace band the Night Drivers, Thomas is working on her successfully crowdfunded debut Tularosa: An American Dreamtime, which explores the Mythic West through a song cycle about a forsaken plot of New Mexico land. It will be a culmination of the first august stage of a storytelling career from the little girl who once eagerly soaked up the voices of Dolly, Emmylou, Loretta Lynn and the 1970s outlaws. More at http://kamarathomas.com/.

Jun 18, 2018 7:00 PM

Learn the basics of long-form improv. Students will cover scenework principles like "yes-and" and active listening. Over this six-week period, we'll build the groundwork for comedic improvised scenes that'll jumpstart your love of improv. Please read our Lab Policies before signing up for a class or workshop.  ABOUT ASHLEY MELZERAshley Melzer is an improviser, writer, photographer, and filmmaker based in Durham, NC. Born in North Florida, she received her Bachelors in Cinematic Arts from the University of Southern California and then a Masters in Folklore from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Her work has been featured in Indy Week, Wondering Sound, Paste Magazine, eMusic, The Carrboro Citizen, and the Southern Foodways Alliance. From 2014-2016, she served Associate Producer of the NC Comedy Arts Festival and Associate Artistic Director at DSI Comedy. She's worked with Hopscotch, Moogfest, Groove Productions, Thornapple Films, Southern Cultures Journal, The Southern Oral History Program and more. Ashley is a founding partner and stakeholder of Mettlesome. She directs Hush Hush, performs with Golden Age, and serves as executive producer of Clarified Butter. She also produced the sketch shows, Two Months In - An Original Sketch Comedy Revue and Bump in the Night - A Spooky Sketch Comedy Revue. Ashley has studied with Aaron Jackson, Rachel Mason, Ben Rameaka, Paula Pazderka, Harrison Brookie and more.  Follow along on Twitter: @ashleymelzer

Jun 30, 2018 7:00 PM

RiddleFest is an annual concert produced by Traditional Voices Group of Burnsville, NC. This year's headliners are songstress Laura Boosinger and master fiddler Josh Goforth, both of Madison County in western North Carolina. They will be performing traditional ballads and old-time music identified with the southern Appalachian Mountains. Opening the evening will be the Griffith Chapel Singers (who sing old-time gospel favorites and songs of Lesley Riddle) and Asheville singer/songwriter Ash Devine. The annual event honors African American musician Lesley Riddle who partnered with AP Carter to travel the southern Appalachians in search of traditional songs to popularize through early recordings. The music was later made famous by the Carter Family and formed the beginnings of today's country music. Traditional Voices Group is a non-profit cultural organization that seeks to preserve the life ways of the southern Appalachians through recorded interviews of mountain natives. We are also committed to preserving the memory of native son Lesley Riddle. Learn more about Riddle on our website: traditionalvoicesgroup.com

Jun 16, 2018 2:30 PM

DC Unity and Justice Fellowship presents... Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil: Racial Justice and Unity in the Body of Christ Join us for two days of training and preaching events on the priority of racial justice and unity in the Body of Christ. Racial Justice and Unity Training by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeilSaturday , June 16th 2:30-6:30 pmCost $50 (includes ticket to Monday event) Speaking Event: Preaching by Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil  featuring Worship by Kimberly Ann Williams and Spoken Word by Mazaré RogersMonday, June 18th 7:00-9:00 pmCost $10 / $5 with student ID Co-Sponsors: Grace DC, Little Lights, The District Church, and Christ Our Shepherd Church Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil is a dynamic speaker, author, professor, and evangelist with over 30 years of experience in the ministry of reconciliation. Her mission is to inspire, equip and empower emerging Christian leaders to be practitioners of reconciliation in their various spheres of influence around the world. Dr. Brenda earned a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, a Doctorate of Ministry from Palmer Theological Seminary, and was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters from both North Park University and Eastern University. She is an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church and serves as a member of the pastoral staff of Quest Church in Seattle, WA. Dr. Brenda is known as an international trailblazer, leading individuals, communities, and organizations to biblical reconciliation. She was featured as one of the 50 most influential women to watch by Christianity Today in 2012. She is the author of Roadmap to Reconciliation (2016), A Credible Witness: Reflections on Power, Evangelism and Race (2008), and The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change (2005), coauthored with Rick Richardson. Kimberly Williams Kimberly Ann Williams was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. She trained at Towson University, receiving a BA in Music with a concentration in Clarinet performance and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She grew up in a musical family and began serving in church from the time she was 11 years old. This sparked her love for ministry through music which then led her to join several music and ministry groups like Relentless, and Urban Doxology. Her passion is to see people from diverse upbringings, cultures and backgrounds, worshipping God in Spirit and in truth, and experiencing the freedom that comes from a relationship with God. Mazaré Rogers Mazaré Rogers is a spoken word poet hailing from Durham, NC who describes herself as raw honey, “a teaspoon of brutal truth fresh from the comb--bold and thick with sweet.”She received her writing training from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill where she studied English and Creative Writing. As an educator and conference speaker, she delights in leading workshops that help writers identify their unique literary voice and cultivate their technical writing skills. To that end, she co-founded the poetry writing group Poets’ Ink at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, MO where she earned her Master of Divinity (2016).This performance poet has since moved to Washington, DC where she serves as the Community Life Coordinator at the church Grace Downtown. There she leads the Cultural Intelligence ministry, guiding groups in becoming more culturally aware and committed to loving those who are different.