Mar 14, 2018 8:30 AM

IXL Live brings a wealth of strategies and insights straight to you—all in one fun and convenient half-day session! This hands-on workshop will take you on a deep dive through the most important parts of IXL (including brand-new areas like the Continuous Diagnostic). You’ll explore practical, powerful ways to use IXL’s curriculum and analytics to solve the challenges in your unique classroom.   This event is highly interactive and limited to 50 participants so we can offer personalized attention to each attendee. You’ll be led by an experienced IXL Professional Learning Specialist and discover and share ideas with other educators in your community. Everyone will walk away feeling challenged, rewarded, and confident in their newfound expertise. Additional benefits include: You’ll return to your school/district with an abundance of new knowledge to share (and have the certificate to prove it). All these insights and ideas require some processing power, so we’ll provide snacks and coffee to fuel your day. Every attendee will receive exclusive IXL swag! Need more info or have questions? Visit, or email us at [email protected]! You can also contact us via phone at 650.372.4327. 

Feb 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Chapel Hill Networking Group Powered by Rockstar Connect presents an evening of free business networking hosted by Mary and Dave Carter.The What: Free after hours business networking event open to all industries and professions. Bring your business cards.The Where: Time-Out Restaurant, N Fordham - 1301 N Fordham Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514The When: Wednesday, February 21st at 6 PM - 8 PMThe Why: Rockstar Connect networking events are widely known as the preeminent functions to friend "successful and intriguing people."The Cost: FREE entrance and FREE light delicious complimentary appetizers will be served on a first come first serve basis. All attendees are responsible for their own alcoholic beverages.To get updates about this event, join Chapel Hill Networking Group Powered by Rockstar Connect. Promote this event widely in your sphere. Direct all questions to Rockstar Connect at 1-800-205-2327www.rockstarconnect.comFAQsAre there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?18 years of age and ID must be provided for any alcoholic drink purchases.What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?Free onsite parking.What can I bring into the event?Bring your business cards.Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No.Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?Yes.Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?Yes.

Feb 21, 2018 6:00 PM

Co-Creating a More Walkable, Bikeable and Transit-Friendly Greensboro A native of Greensboro, Gray Johnston decided to move back after graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2016. His current role for the City of Greensboro is a Transit Planning Apprentice with the Greensboro Transit Authority ('GTA'). Gray's mission is to co-create a more walkable, bikeable and transit-friendly Greensboro. The Mobility Greensboro 2040 Plan is designed to establish long-term strategies and programs to make the Greensboro area’s bus system more efficient, while increasing ridership. Gray will share his insights on the plan and on the in-depth study being conducted to assess the changing transit needs of the Piedmont Triad’s residents, workers, students and visitors.  Join fellow innovators, design thinkers, students, entrepreneurs and other curious types as we share ideas and learn from one another. IdeaNetwork events are free and open to the public. Rioja! A Wine Bar offers wine, beer, soft drinks and tapas for your purchase.

Jun 11, 2018 9:30 AM

Following some excellent feedback from 2017, we are pleased to bring you our 2018 conference. The most popular request from last year was for the conference to be longer. We have listened and are giving you a whole two days.  This conference is aimed at Primary staff (Heads, Teachers and Teaching Assistants), Early Years Practitioners, Home Educators, After School and Holiday Club Managers and their staff. We're also more than happy for interested parents and practitioners in other fields to attend. During the sessions we hope that you will share your knowledge with others. Workshops will be added to this page as we book them. The conference is hosted by Niki Willows - Outdoor Play Consultant and Trainer, and Martin Besford owner and manager of the Ofsted 'Outstanding' outdoor nursery, Highway Farm The aims of the conference are: To enable your staff team to collect practical, low cost or no cost ideas which they will be able to take away and start today. To enable practitioners to develop high quality outdoor learning environments  which will have a positive impact on children and staff. To provide  practical and hands on workshops, backed up with research and evidence about the benefits of outdoor play and learning.   This conference will cover many aspects of outdoor learning including: Logistics of getting out of the classroom/setting Increasing staff confidence outdoors Create exciting learning opportunities outdoors A wealth of practical ideas and activities linked to the curriculum Professional development and upskilling Evidencing outcomes within Outdoor Learning Resources Links, support and advice The venue is Mount Pleasant Ecological Park which has been developed over the last 10 years as a unique community resource, all set within 42 acres of organic farmland, in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the north Cornish coast. If you are interested in buildings, the Eco-Park has the largest load bearing rammed earth structure in the UK; a tyre amphitheatre; a walled fire circle and covered courtyard. A perfect location for this inspirational training opportunity. Confirmed so far - days yet to be decided Keynote 1 - Martin Besford - Owner of Highway Farm Activity Centre ‘’Highway Farm - The Outdoor Journey. “ Passion, Possibilities and Perseverance “ Keynote 2 - Niki Buchan - Whirl around the World in 40 minutes!Niki will share with you some exciting practice outdoors in faraway places for children aged up to 10 years.   Quest with Phil Waters Phil Waters was a PhD student at the European Centre Environment & Human Health analysing the use of narrative as a means to engage children playfully in the natural environment. Lisa Chell- Playing with Pewter A creative and experimental introduction to pewter casting over a fire.  Be drawn into the magic of the fire and molten metal, and leave with new shiny treasure! What's not to love?        Niki Buchan - Learning (shhh…..its actually STEM Play) Outdoors Choose a challenge or two or three to create and make using minimal tools or equipment. In this workshop delegates will be encouraged to create and solve their chosen challenge by themselves or with a friend while considering the learning that may be occurring. We will discuss how this can be shared with families to promote outdoor play as the vehicle for learning Martin Besford - Creating an Inspiring Place to “Be” This very-hands-on workshop will begin with the outdoor space you already have. We’ll explore ways to create, inspire and interact that can develop it into a quality, meaningful, engaging place. Learn how to embrace the design process and create, develop and produce an action plan. Claire Simpson - Sawdust Clay Firing Using sawdust and smoke to create different finishes to pots fired in a dustbin. Plus making Japanese hikaru dorodango clay balls if you have the patience! We’ll explore the science around soil and look at its vital part in the eco system. We’ll discover creatures that live in soil, the layers of history that are found there and we can touch on ways soil / clay is used around the world. Claire Simpson - Natural Dyes We will make a variety of  things using weaving and steam printing, possibly felting depending on time. We’ll look at the ways that working with natural dyes links with stories, history, science, the ways natural colours are used around the world and provide simple ideas to take back and used in many different settings. Greenman Learning - Validating Woodland play in an Education System that Demands Data We will work through a series of knife skills to illustrate specific skill progression in the context of a broader skill based programme.This workshop is about inspiring people to consider ways in which woodland play and skills can actively contribute to curriculum goals and how we can evidence pupil progression. Based on the WILD Passport that we have developed and are taking to market this Spring, we will be facilitating discussion around providing paths for skill progression and monitoring of that progression. We will be looking at how adopting such approaches helps to satisfy the education sectors need for evidence of progression whilst providing vital opportunities for play. Woodland Adventurers - Let's Get Physical The workshop will comprise of up to four activities/games each offering a different area of physical activity amongst many other potential curriculum links.  These activities/games are a collection from our experience in the wood with early years, sessions at Westonbirt Arboretum, primary school visits and Forest School Level 3 training with adults - all of these will be adaptable to ages from 2yrs - 82yrs! We will explain a little about our background and ensure that you leave knowing how to link areas of the curriculum from Early Years , through to KS3 and adults to the activities. Zelda School - Leaves & Letters Outdoor literacy Bringing literacy to life in the garden. Lots of fun practical and imaginative ideas for practitioners working with EYs – end of KS1. Examples of how to teach core skills through to developing creative writing. Zelda School - Sticks & Stones, Outdoor Maths Using loose parts from nature along with story telling to make mathematics meaningful. This will involve practitioners finding and creating their own resources, going on learning adventures with squirrels and gnomes and lots of practical ideas for teachers from EY’s to end of KS1 Gill Mulholland - Eden Project,  Giants Tales and Pesky Boggarts   We will explore the power of ‘spinning a yarn’ to create meaningful (and purposeful) learning adventures outside. A Tall Tale can hook your children in, list the tasks, set the learning objectives, offer a chance to apply learning to the ‘real’ world and set the scene for a celebration.  It’s ‘learning by stealth’ at its best. You will leave the session with pockets full of creative ideas for taking the core primary curriculum outside; probably also some bits of stick, a few shells, some blingy bits and grubby fingernails. Kernow PSEH - Emotional Coaching in the Outdoors Being outdoors has a huge impact on pupil’s self esteem and mental health. However school staff are often saying this isn’t transferring back into the classroom. This workshop will enable staff to use appropriate language to allow all the fantastic work that happens outdoors to transfer back into any situation. We will be using outdoor activities to identify ways to promote the positive language of emotional coaching. This will allow the language the adult uses to link experiences back into classrooms, and as such ensuring skills such as resilience can transfer into any situation. Unnur Henrys & Harpa - The Icelandic Approach We are Harpa and Unna two preschool teachers from Iceland and we are very enthusiastic about the outdoors. Our students are between 1 and 5. We have 8 classes with a total of 173 children and 50 staff. Compared to England our outside environment is quite extreme and learning outside has its challenges. We got together as a staff team to change the way we work in our outdoor school area by motivating the teachers. Now the whole school comes out to have fun and learn from each other. We’ll tell you what worked for us and what didn’t work as well. We do have a curriculum to follow and we will show you how we set up different activities based around maths. You will choose your workshops as you arrive each day, This will be on a first come first served basis. Please dress for the glorious Cornish weather - this could mean sunscreen, or full waterproofs, or most likely- both! Please be prepared Accommodation - Please book this independently Camping is available at the venue, please contact the Eco-park direct. EcoPark Office 01209 891500 [email protected] Travelodge at Hayle, less than 10 miles away. Directions Take the St Agnes turning off the A30 (at Starbucks) and follow the signs to Porthtowan. At the top of Chapel Hill turn left signposted Mount Pleasant Ecological Park. Social Media - please use #IOP18 which stands for Inspirational Outdoors Porthtowan 2018 - watch this space for 2019! If you'd like to chat to others about the event please feel free on our Facebook page Nitty Gritty All tickets must be bought via Eventbrite, we can not make any exceptions. Ticket sales end on Monday June 4th. No refunds can be issued after May 28th. This is an adults only event.

May 06, 2018 7:30 PM

Raleigh Speed Dating Event for Single Professionals For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!   Who: All Single Professionals Ages 46-59 Date: Sunday, May 6th, 2018 Location: R&R Grill 137 East Franklin Street Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Time: 7:30 PM (Check-in: 7:10) Cost: Only $39.00! For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!    For more information, contact Michael, your Raleigh Pre-Dating Speed Dating Coordinator: Email: [email protected] Phone: 919-727-4588 Or, contact our National Customer Service Hotline: Email: [email protected] Phone: 1-877-iPreDate (1-877-477-3328) Hours: Monday-Thursday: 9am-10pm EST Friday: 9am-5pm EST Saturday: 10am-2pm EST Sunday: 3pm-6pm EST   HOW IT WORKS:   Let's face it, by now you know it takes meeting a number of people before you find someone you click with. But the problem is, how do you meet them in the first place? Sure there are ways--bars, blind dates, dating services, online, etc. But they all have their disadvantages and they take time...lots of it. What fun is it to wait around for someone to talk to you in a bar or when you're out and about? What fun is it to risk rejection over and over again striking up conversations with people you don't even know are single? What if the conversation goes well, what about the awkwardness afterwards with asking for phone numbers? With Raleigh Pre-Dating, you meet up to 12 (and sometimes more) single professionals in less than 2 hours. Think of it as a series of "facilitated introductions" just like when you go to a party with a good host. Afterwards, if there's interest (you discreetly circle on your interest sheet who you would like to hear from again), you'll get an email with links to contact your "mutual matches". There's no pressure, no rejection, no embarrassment and no games, just fun! Try it and you'll see for yourself.   For more information, and a full list of our events around Raleigh, please click HERE!

Feb 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Join us for the launch of the latest book by John Kessel, author of The Moon and the Other. Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein in this NCSU English professor’s literary mash-up of the classics as Mary Bennet falls for Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous creature. Pride and Prometheus will be a perfect addition for lovers of modern twists on classics.  More About Pride and Prometheus  Pride and Prejudice meets Frankenstein as Mary Bennet falls for the enigmatic Victor Frankenstein and befriends his monstrous Creature in this clever fusion of two popular classics. Threatened with destruction unless he fashions a wife for his Creature, Victor Frankenstein travels to England where he meets Mary and Kitty Bennet, the remaining unmarried sisters of the Bennet family from Pride and Prejudice. As Mary and Victor become increasingly attracted to each other, the Creature looks on impatiently, waiting for his bride. But where will Victor find a female body from which to create the monster’s mate?Meanwhile, the awkward Mary hopes that Victor will save her from approaching spinsterhood while wondering what dark secret he is keeping from her.Pride and Prometheus fuses the gothic horror of Mary Shelley with the Regency romance of Jane Austen in an exciting novel that combines two age-old stories in a fresh and startling way. “Dark and gripping and tense and beautiful.” —Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times bestselling author of The Jane Austen Book Club John Kessel lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife, novelist Therese Anne Fowler. He is a professor and the director of creative writing at North Carolina State University. He is the author of The Baum Plan for Financial Independence and Other Stories, Corrupting Dr. Nice, The Moon and the Other, and Pride and Prometheus. Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pmFlyleaf Books 752 Martin Luther King Jr BlvdChapel Hill, NC 27514

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.

Mar 06, 2018 9:00 AM

This conference will showcase work done by academia, non-governmental organizations, and the military to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE). Each sector offers different capabilities and unique perspectives, experiences, and ideas that will not only be mutually educational, but may also generate opportunities for future collaboration and cooperation.  The event will feature two panels, with presenters and panelists from the UNC Chapel Hill Peace War & Defense Department, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Bragg, NC, and RTI International staff. Speakers will discuss current research, ongoing development initiatives, and military lessons learned in the CVE space.  Moderator: Noah Flessel, Conflict and Transition Specialist, RTI International Panel One: 9:15am CVE Tools & Approaches: Building community resilience, identifying pathways to (de) radicalization and reintegration, and CVE tools and approaches Speakers:       Dr. Matthew DeMichele, Research Sociologist for Center for Justice, Safety, and Resilience, RTI International       Ross Owens, Social Scientist, Security and Resilience Program, RTI International       MAJ Alex Chung, Echo Company Commander, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)       SSG Jeremy Barbour, Charlie Company Operations NCO, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) Panel Two: 11:05am The CVE Information War: How Violent Extremist Organizations use media to recruit/radicalize and strategies to fight extremism        Dr. Cori Dauber, Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Research Fellow at the Triangle Institute           for Security Studies        Dr. Alice Marwick, Assistant Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Faculty Advisor to the Media           Manipulation Initiative at the Data & Society Research Institute        Dr. Mark Robinson, Director of the Multimedia Laboratory, UNC Chapel Hill        Michael Waltman, Associate Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill, and Moister Fellow in the Institute         for the Arts and Humanities        Dr. Kemal Ilter, Visiting Professor of Communication, UNC Chapel Hill Light refreshments will be provided. Please contact Linda Chung at [email protected] with any questions.

Mar 02, 2018 12:00 PM

Spend the afternoon learning about the exciting career options in local government. You'll learn from area local government professionals, many of them UNC alumni, about the diversity of career options that you can find working at the city or county level. This event includes lunch, an afternoon of learning and networking, and a social hour. RSVP is required for attendance. Inspiring Women to Local Government Careers Who: Undergraduate women at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill What: A free half-day symposium and networking event about the exciting and diverse career opportunities in city and county government. When: Friday, March 2 from noon to 4:00. Includes lunch and social hour. Where: UNC School of Government Why: From environmental science - to urban affairs... from communications - to land use planning: city and county jobs are wonderfully diverse and appeal to people from every major or educational background. Learn more about how you can work in public service from virtually any undergraduate background at this free, half-day event especially for UNC women. Speakers include representatives from City of Durham, NC, Orange Co Water & Sewer Authority, Aiken County, SC, Town of Chapel Hill, NC, Chatham County, NC, and Town of Carrboro, NC How: RSVP required at Free for undergraduate women. Cohosts: UNC School of Government, Carolina Center for Public Service, Carolina Women's Center Partners: Town of Chapel Hill, Town of Carrboro, City of Durham Presenting Sponsor: GFOA

May 18, 2018 7:00 PM

“There is foxfur and woodsmoke in his thinking. A kind of outlaw language.” – Robert Bly Join us for a woodland farm weekend under the tent (purchase one day or all three!), with mythteller and author, Martin Shaw. Dr. Shaw is at the forefront of the revival of the mythic imagination and widely regarded as one of its most accomplished teachers. He claims the stories we need arrived right on time about five thousand years ago. They were provocative, mysterious, wild and deep. They were the weft and weave between us, the land and the Otherworld. A mighty currency that has lost all its purchase in modern times. This is the inheritance no one ever told you about. This time together with Martin Shaw will revolutionize our capacity to behold ancient stories, to find out what they taste and feel like on our tongues. We’ll find ourselves in the stories and claim our mythic ground. How do we move from a society of taking to a culture of giving? How do we develop the capacity to not just see but behold our stories, to trade fantasy for imagination, and comfort for shelter? These stories could be central to the major conversations of our time: the re-building of culture, the ecological imagination, the capacity for paradox. Join at Sparkroot Farm us for an incredible weekend not to be missed. BOOK CAMPING at Sparkroot Farm at our HIPCAMP SITE.  MYTHTELLING WITH MARTIN SHAW WEEKEND EVENT LINEUP Purchase tickets for one day, or all three! 1) FOX WOMAN DREAMING An evening of myth, poetry and conversation. FRIDAY (evening), May 18 7-9 pm Are you ready for story, laughter, learning, and the twinkling eyes of the ancient mysteries? This is our one evening suitable for families with children ages ten and up! “I can still remember the first time I heard Martin Shaw tell a story. The tale that emerged was like a living thing, bounding around, throwing itself at all of us there listening. I had never heard anything like it before. Shaw is a one-off, his work is urgent and necessary…”  – Paul Kingsnorth, author of The Wake $15 adult/$ 8 children ages 10-14 (early bird-through April 13)  or  $18 all ages (April 14 through May 17) / $20 at the gate   2) A THOUSAND PERSIAN HORSES GALLOP  SATURDAY, May 19 - Daylong teaching  10 am – 4 pm  (with a break between 12 – 1:30 ) – catered lunch available for pre-purchase (ticketed below), or bring your own! This is a lovely time for a stroll along the woodland trails and permaculture farm and gardens. DESCRIPTION: From the fairy tale "The Goose Girl" to the poetry of Lorca, a day exploring language of the deepest and most beautiful perfume. What is our oldest and barely remembered birthright to carry story to raise up not just ourselves but the barley in the field, the salmon in the stream, the ones that are to come?  This day is women and men, including older teens. The heart has a true-north, says Martin Shaw. He uses it. His work combines a magnificence of soul with a deft acuity of intellect, portraying a quintessential comprehension of the human spirit in its mythic path. He writes in a rare register of an earthy seer and I am in awe.”  –Jay Griffiths, author of Wild: An Elemental Journey and Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape. $80 early bird (through April 13) or $100 (April 14 thru May 17) or $120 at the gate (seats are limited! Book ahead!) 3) A WAY WE ONCE WERE MADE - A DAY FOR MEN SUNDAY, May 20 - daylong gathering  10 am - 4 pm (with a break from 12 -1:30 – perfect time for lunch and a walk about the land, trails, permaculture farm and gardens. Farm lunch will be available. DESCRIPTION: For all of us, today is a real cultural moment: the most degraded elements of a toxic masculinity is being being paraded in the full view of the western world, and a degree of consequence is being metered out. Let it be so. For men that love and admire women, that are raising kids, and are lovers, sons, fathers, brothers, uncles, mentors, partners, we need deep and profound wisdom to draw from at such a time. How do we rise to this cultural moment gracefully, with acute listening, honesty and capacity for depth? It can be an exhausting business to maintain the shape of being human. Myth tells us that women and men may only actually be human for a few minutes a day: that any moment we may feel the swoosh of a swans wing, the pad of the fox paw or the bellow of the black bear erupt from our bodies. And that some of those animals are exhausted, wounded or in exile. That we’re not just a revolving door of kings, queens, warriors, and the rest of it. It’s more subtle than that, more porous. So what’s going to happen? For the large part of the gathering we will explore an old story, a fairy tale. A mythic story that brings together masculine relationship to animals, magic, the living world, courage-under-fire, tenacity, and the capacity to support those that are to come. How do we learn how to handle failure elegantly, admit the limits of our wingspan, know what to defend and what to surrender? We will track where you find yourself in the story and how you could let it have its way with you. There will be some time in the natural world, and shared conversation between us. It’s a simple and profound thing. Men sitting together for a while, trying to tell the truth, being soaked in story. Are you coming? (For Men only including older teens) $80 early bird (through April 13) or $100 (April 14 thru May 17) or  $120 at the gate (seats are limited!! book ahead!)  We do have a number of gift economy/donation tickets available - please see below to offer what you can.  To break even we must sell tickets at the listed prices. If you can pay more please consider offering donations to the gift scholoarship fund to allow folks who cannot afford to attend! Thank you! CAMPING ON SITE CAMPING -- Sparkroot Farm offers primitive camping in the woods between the farm field and the farmhouse. We have running water in the barn and portapotties, and an outdoor shower. TO BOOK CAMPING at the farm please go to our HIPCAMP site.  LOCAL ACCOMMODATIONS  Approximate travel time: 20 minutes or less:Small B&B219 East St, Pittsboro, NC(919) 537-1909 Rosemary House76 West St, Pittsboro, NC(919) 542-5515 458 West Bed and Breakfast458 West St, Pittsboro, NC(919) 491-4229 Air B&B - Moncure Approximate travel time: 30 minutes or less: Econo Lodge 1403 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 774-6411 Comfort Suites 1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 842-5600 Hampton Inn Sanford 1904 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 775-2000 The Fearrington House Inn2000 Fearrington Village Center, 230 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312(919) 542-2121 Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sanford 2110 Dalrymple St, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 776-6600 Days Inn Sanford 1217 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 213-7238 Americas Best Value Inn Sanford 1143 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 776-5121 Comfort Suites 1891 Bragg St, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 842-5600 Baymont Inn & Suites Sanford 2614 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 708-7400 Palomino Motel 1508 Westover Dr, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 776-7531 Budget Inn 3114 Hawkins Ave, Sanford, NC 27330(919) 775-2814 Approximate travel time: 45 minutes or less Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott1120 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511(919) 301-8467 La Quinta Inn & Suites191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518(919) 851-2850 Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites5630 Dillard Dr, Cary, NC 27511(919) 851-1220 Hampton Inn & Suites111 Hampton Woods Ln, Raleigh, NC 27607(919) 233-1798 Comfort Suites Arena1200 Hurricane Alley Way, at Trinity Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607(919) 854-0502 Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham1020 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606(919) 535-9657 Red Roof Inn1800 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27518(919) 469-3400 Doubletree By Hilton Hotel500 Caitboo Ave, Cary, NC 27518(919) 239-4777 La Quinta Inn & Suites191 Crescent Commons, Cary, NC 27518(919) 851-2850 SpringHill Suites by Marriott1128 Ledsome Ln, Cary, NC 27511(919) 977-7244 Hyatt Place Chapel Hill1090 US Highway 15 501 South, Chapel Hill, NC 27517(919) 929-9511 Best Western Plus1722 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511(919) 481-1200 Motel 6 1401 Buck Jones Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606(919) 467-6171 Courtyard102 Edinburgh S Dr, Cary, NC 27511(919) 481-9666 Holiday Inn Express1006 Marco Dr, Apex, NC 27502(919) 387-3636 Rizzo Center150 Dubose Home Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 913-2098

Apr 26, 2018 9:00 AM

JourneyMates invites you to join us for a Spring Morning Apart Are You Listening? Really Listening? : Listening Prayer Date:     Thursday, April 26, 2018 Time:     Arrive 8:45am     Program: 9:00am-12:00pm Location: Sally and Steve Breedlove's Home, 704 Greenwood Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Fee for the morning $25. Please note fees are non-refundable. Scholarships are available. Please inquire by writing [email protected]  You may register for this event online at this website. If you would prefer to register by mail, please contact [email protected] or call 919-741-1970 for more information.

May 07, 2018 9:30 AM

Please join us for the 7th annual Camp Royall Classic on Monday, May 7, at Governors Club in Chapel Hill, with its spectacular 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The event will feature a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start, and all players will enjoy a barbecue lunch after golf. You could win great prizes, including a new car for a hole-in-one or $5,000 in the Putt for Cash Contest! Sponsor opportunities available. Deadline is April 18. Registration deadline is May 2. Register by April 6 and receive a free Advantage Package (2 Mulligans and a tee shot from the ladies tee)! Proceeds from the tournament will send individuals with autism to the Autism Society of North Carolina's Camp Royall, the nation’s oldest and largest camp for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Give campers with autism the best summer ever!    For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Heather Hargrave at 919-865-5057 or [email protected]