Monday, February 11, 2008

Connect with Chapel Hill's Youth, Culture and Creatures

Great communities claim citizens who invest in local assets and interests-from sponsoring youth programs to supporting cultural entertainment venues.

We’ve launched this blog to show members of New Resident Solutions that good deeds flow generously in Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas. New residents find their neighbors’ benevolence infectious, and experience a desire to join in the efforts. By doing so, they strengthen their bond with the community.

Local Youth Connections
  • Carolina Closets Plus, serving the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area since 1985, actively supports Chapel Hill’s swimming scene. New residents interested in swimming lessons, lap swimming venues, water aerobics classes, competitive swimming teams, scuba training or just relaxing in the pool can connect directly to New Resident Solutions’ swimming information page.
  • For the last 10 years, Goldworks owner Wren Hendrickson has served on the steering committee for Southern Appalachian Young Friends (SAYF), a statewide Quaker youth program that hosts weekend-long summer retreats focusing on health, spirituality, community and service for students in 7th through 12th grade. SAYF programs promote peaceful conflict resolution and consist of support teams and mentors who uphold the importance of community responsibility and encourage leadership for the next generation. The retreats cost $25 and are held at the Friends Meeting House in Chapel Hill. Click here to learn more about SAYF, and here to learn more about Hendrickson’s custom jewelry store Goldworks, located in Chapel Hill’s University Mall.
  • Vacuum Cleaner Hospital’s Tom Proctor also supports local youth by lending a hand to Cub Scout Pack 820 in Chapel Hill for special events like the Pinewood Derby, which took place Feb. 9 at Triangle Church on Barbee Chapel Road. The top three fastest cars advance to the Orange County District Pinewood Derby event on March 1 from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Martin Luther King Boulevard in Chapel Hill. Learn about Vacuum Cleaner Hospital’s extensive product line here.
  • Congratulations to Great Earth Vitamins in Chapel Hill’s Meadowmont for its recent nomination as the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year. Great Earth Vitamins supports local youth by promoting and connecting residents to local home-schooling efforts. Owners Gene and Rose Wolf, who home-schooled their sons Lee and Allen, offer links to helpful home-schooling resources here.

Cultural Connections

  • Carolina Cleaners in Chapel Hill and Carrboro supports cultural entertainment by discounting dry cleaning services for local theaters like Deep Dish Theater Company and Playmakers Repertory Company. Charlie Nelson, owner of Carolina Cleaners with wife Patricia, says these “deep discounts” show their “deep commitment” to local theaters. The Nelsons also support the Triangle Area Nanny Group, whose members frequently enjoy Carolina Cleaners’ expanded pickup and delivery route service.
  • Turning Point Gallery in Chapel Hill’s University Mall also promotes local cultural awareness as a founder of the 2ndFriday Artwalk. Nearly 80 2ndFriday Artwalks have been held during the last six years with growing community involvement and national interest. This popular monthly event offers residents the opportunity to see a large variety of artwork during a single evening while socializing with fellow art lovers. Learn more here.

Creature Connections

  • Turning Point Gallery connects with community supporters of the region’s growing equine industry on March 14 when gallery owners Jerri and Garry Meldrum will host a private luncheon featuring guest speaker Nan Jacobsohn, known for her coil-built horse sculptures. Turning Point Gallery will display her sculptures during the 2ndFriday Artwalk that evening.
  • Chapel Hill’s Wild Bird Center, an excellent resource for backyard bird watching and feeding supplies, sponsors bird walks twice a month. Wild Bird Center owner Cynthia Fox has scheduled upcoming bird walk March 8 at Duke Gardens, starting at 8 a.m. Learn more about the bird walks and Cynthia’s bird feeding tips here.