Children’s Program at the Chapel Hill Zen Center Sundays 9:00-11:00 @ Chapel Hill Zen Center
Sep 10 – Dec 17 all-day

The Children’s Program at the Chapel Hill Zen Center offers a variety of activities for children age 5 through 15, including meditation, mindfulness, Buddhist teachings and stories, crafts, songs, and movement, as well as participation in Zen Center celebrations throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to help with the Children’s Program or attend the concurrent adult program of silent meditation.

The first meeting this fall will be September 10. Subsequent meetings are scheduled for September 24, October 8 and 22, November 5 and 19, and December 17.

For information, please contact Maura High, at

Chapel Hill Zen Center is located at 5322 NC Highway 86, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. This is 2.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit #266. See: or call 919-967-0861

Music Therapy for Parkinson Disease (MT4PD) @ Orange Co. Dept. on Aging - Seymour Ctr.
Sep 14 – Dec 21 all-day
Music Therapy for Parkinson Disease (MT4PD) @ Orange Co. Dept. on Aging - Seymour Ctr. | Chapel Hill | North Carolina | United States

MT4PD is a weekly music therapy group. Funded through a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation, these sessions focus on maintaining or improving speech and language deficits caused by Parkinson’s Disease progression. MT4PD is a fun, inviting way for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and care partners to connect with members of the Parkinson’s community, while addressing individual rehabilitation needs. Prior musical experience not required. Questions? Please contact Allison Hingley (919-443-9448) or This event is FREE, and will take place at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on consecutive Thursdays through the end of the year.

Broadway: The American Musical @ Passmore Center
Dec 7 – Dec 21 all-day
Back by popular demand and just in time for the holidays! Enjoy six musicals followed by a brief discussion led by Emily Gordon. Musicals will be shown during the month of December, featuring two musicals back to back from 6:00- 8:00 pm.  Don’t forget to bring a friend or two. The musicals and lectures are FREE.   All Episodes will be held at the Seymour Center in Chapel Hill.
Episode One: Give My Regards to Broadway (1893 – 1927) 
Thursday, December 7,  6:00-8:00 pm
New York City’s turn-of-the-century musical theater embodied the hope that America offered to millions of immigrants. The story of legendary producer Florenz Ziegfeld introduces the era’s key figures: songwriter Irving Berlin, comedienne-singer Fanny Brice and comic Bert Williams (America’s first “crossover” artists) and brash song-and-dance man George M. Cohan, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein unleash Broadway’s potential with the groundbreaking “Show Boat.”
Episode Two: Syncopated City (1919 – 1933)
Thursday, December 7,  6:00- 8:00 pm
Prohibition and Jazz, along with newly-won freedoms for women, proved to be fertile ground for musical comedy. Marilyn Miller, the Marx Brothers and Al Jolson rocketed to stardom, as songwriting teams like George and Ira Gershwin, Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle, along with Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart wrote the music that seduced the nation with New York City’s syncopated rhythm. But Broadway’s Jazz Age ultimately suffered a one-two punch with the “talking picture” and the stock market crash.
Episode Three: I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (1930 – 1942)
Thursday, December 14, 6:00- 8:00 pm
In the Great Depression, a musical theater dichotomy emerged.  Shows like Cole-Porter’s “Anything Goes” offered glamour as an escape, while others “Of Thee I Sing” and “The Cradle Will Rock”dealt with the era’s political concerns. Rodgers and Hart returned to New York to create new shows.  Stars like Ethel Merman and Ethel Waters became top box office draws and George Gershwin created his epic folk opera, “Porgy and Bess.” The advent of World War II prompted Irving Berlin to write one of his biggest hits, T”his is the Army.”
Episode Four: Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ (1943 – 1960)
Thursday, December 14, 6:00- 8:00 pm
Beginning with “Oklahoma!”in 1943,the partnership of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein set a new standard for storytelling on Broadway. With “On the Town.”  Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, along with Jerome Robbins musicalized wartime New York. Irving Berlin and Ethel Merman triumphed with “Annie Get Your Gun. “Shows like “Kiss Me, Kate,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “My Fair Lady” offered sophisticated literary adaptions, whileThe Ed Sullivan Show brought a television spotlight to Broadway. With the death of Oscar Hammerstein in 1960 after “The Sound of Music,” the curtain lowered on a golden age.
Episode Five: Tradition (1957 – 1979)
Thursday, December 21, 6:00- 8:00 pm
In the late 50’s and early 60’s, Broadway continued producing enduring hits, including the groundbreaking “West Side Story.”  In the era of rock and roll and tumultuous social change, Broadway reinvented itself and established new traditions. The conceptual theater of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Cabaret,” as directed by Hal Prince, was followed by the tribal love-rock musical “Hair” and the urban angst of Stephen Sondheim’s “Company.” Bob Fosse showcased sexy cynicism in “Chicago.”and Michael Bennett created the blockbuster “A Chorus Line.” With Prince and Sondheim’s production of “Sweeny Todd,”  the musical reached unexpected heights in style and material.
Episode Six: Putting It Together (1980 – Present) 
Thursday, December 21, 6:00- 8:00pm
As notorious producer David Merrick conquered Broadway with “42nd Street,”and producer Cameron Mackintosh and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber redefined Broadway, the business of show business took center-stage.  Sondheim’s “Sunday in the Park with George” moved from a workshop Off-Broadway, while Jerry Herman’s “La Cage Aux Folles” broke new ground in its portrayal of gay romance. Julie Taymor reimagined Disney’s “The Lion King,” while composer Jonathan Larson scored a bittersweet triumph with “Rent.” The old-fashioned musical was reborn in Mel Brook’s “The Producers.” The creation of “Wicked,” the biggest hit of 2004, highlights the challenges of producing on Broadway in the 21st Century.
Innergize: De-stressing For The Holidays @ Passmore Center
Dec 12 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Innergize Day is a day set aside for people to take time just for themselves. So often you put others’ needs before your own and, especially at this stage of your life, it is important to put yourself first and enjoy life. In this class you will discuss: preparing for the holidays with less stress, defining your own holiday traditions/ceremonies, and taking time for YOU during the holidays. Min: 5/Max: 15.   Register by Wednesday, December 6, 2017 Instructor: Michelle Porchia.  Fee: $5.00.  
Why Is Personal Hygiene So Important? @ Passmore Center
Dec 13 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am
Personal hygiene covers a wide variety of separate actions, such as bathing, hand washing and restroom care. According to Mayo Clinic, hand washing should occur before preparing or eating food as well as after using the toilet or touching an animal. Other situations that call for hand washing are handling germ-infested items such as diapers and Kleenex. Hong and Latonya will discuss the ways to make informed decisions about how to care for your health and appearance to keep you safe. Program will be in Chinese and English. Presenters: Latonya Brown, MHSA and Mike Liu, SW. Fee: FREE
Please register by calling the Passmore Center at 919-245-2015.
Hanukkah Party @ Passmore Center
Dec 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Hanukkah Party will introduce you to Hanukkah traditions. We will include a brief historical presentation about the Festival of Lights, learn to play the Dreidel game, and enjoy traditional Hanukkah treats such as: latkes, jelly donuts, rugelach, apple cake, and chocolate. Min 15/Max 30. Register by Thursday, December 7 Fee: FREE. 
Dec 14 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
ClearCaptions is a federally certified provider of captioned telephones. The captioned telephone is a regular phone where you speak normally, and you hear the best you can. However, if you miss something, you get a text of what the other person says on the phone’s display. This phone is available at no cost to individuals who have a hearing loss. To qualify, all you need is a hearing loss, a land line connection and internet. Come learn more about ClearCaptions! 
Holidays: Making it the Best it can be! @ UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont
Dec 14 @ 2:00 pm
“Holidays” is a one-time class discussing holiday concerns when caring for an older adult. The program will be held at the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont, 100 Sprunt St, Chapel Hill, NC. Register by calling 919-966-5500 by Thursday, December 7.  Seating capacity is limited. Email for information.
Instructors: OC CARES team. Fee: FREE
Flip4kids Spanish Immersion Workshop Series Begins @ Kidzu Children’s Museum
Dec 14 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, starting October 12th

Time:  4pm-5pm

Price: $120 for 5-week class

In the elementary classes, we focus on encouraging children to learn phrases by exposing them to print in addition to listening to Spanish from a native fluent speaker. Classes will include singing, movement, games, and arts and crafts! These fun activities provide a natural and safe environment for children to listen, learn, and take the risk of speaking in a new language. Spanish immersion classes for ages 3-11. Pre-registration required

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Town Hall Meeting: Threats to NC’s Judicial Independence @ Chapel Hill Town Hall
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties, North Carolina Voters for Clean Elections, Democracy North Carolina and Progress NC will co-host a Town Hall Meeting to alert voters to legislative and budgetary actions of the North Carolina Legislature that could impact the independence of our courts.  The Town Hall Meeting will be held on Thursday December 14, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM  at the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill.

Legislative actions have made judicial races partisan and reduced the courts’ resources. Proposals reportedly under consideration change the way we select judges, possibly replacing elections with legislative selection of judgesThe legislature has canceled the judicial primary for next spring, the House has adopted a redistricting plan that reduces the number of judges in Durham, puts Orange and Chatham counties into separate judicial districts (likely reducing court-provided services in Chatham), and potentially places African-American and women judges at a disadvantage in the coming election as a result of the judicial redistricting.

Representative Marcia Morey (D-Durham), a former Chief District Judge, will be joined by a panel of North Carolina legal experts including:

  • John Wester:  A NC litigator at Robinson Bradshaw and former President of the NC Bar Association who has tried landmark cases, served as lead litigator for Hyatt v. Shalala, a 20-year-long case decided by the US Supreme Court, and lead counsel for three governors in McCrory v. Berger, successfully challenging the General Assembly for violating separation of powers under the North Carolina Constitution.
  • James Drennan:  An Adjunct Professor at the UNC School of Government, previous Director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts, and expert in the courts, judicial education, and sentencing law who both teaches and advises on court administration issues, judicial ethics and fairness, criminal sentencing, and judicial leadership.

This  event is free and open to the public.  Free parking is available.