Local briefs

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 09:38 AM

Fireworks at Kenan on the 4th

CHAPEL HILL -- For the donation of $1, enjoy live music, a watermelon eating contest, face-painting for the kids and fireworks. At the Town of Chapel Hill's Fourth of July event at Kenan Stadium, donations are suggested at $1 per person and $5 per family.

Please note that town staff who will be accepting donations may not make change.

Gates open at 7 p.m. with a juggling Uncle Sam, face-painting, and inflatable sports challenges. A watermelon eating contest, hosted by DSI comedy, will begin at 7 p.m. Grand prize winners will receive tickets to one of UNC's upcoming footballs games this fall. Kenny Mann and the Liquid Pleasure Band is scheduled to perform at 8 p.m. Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m., with the first 10,000 people through the gates receiving a free glow necklace provided by Grace Church.

The fireworks celebration returned to the community in 2012 after being canceled the year before, thanks to donations from the community and businesses to help offset the costs, which total about $40,000. This year, business owners have contributed to cover the cost of the fireworks.

Those attending should park in the Craig, Jackson and Cardinal parking decks off Manning Drive. Rams Head Deck and the Bell Tower lots are open to public and disability parking. Parking also is available throughout downtown Chapel Hill.

For details about free parking, traffic, safety and access to the stadium and other information about the Fourth of July event, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/july4

Czajkowski joins United Way board

MORRISVILLE – United Way of the Greater Triangle recently announced that Chapel Hill town Councilman Matt Czajkowski will be joining its board of directors.

Elected in 2007, Czajkowski has served on several town boards and advisory committees. He currently is part of the Governor’s Education Cabinet serving on both the Talent and Workforce Development and Improving Efficiencies and Effectiveness task forces. His career has spanned from investment banker in Tokyo as part of the startup of Goldman Sachs’ Asia Pacific Mergers Advisory businesses to senior positions and advisory roles at area entrepreneurial companies, including Aldagen, Megawatt Solar, NextRay, Inc., and POZEN.

Carrboro market tomato tasting coming up

CARRBORO– Seasonal eaters, gardeners, chefs and farmers alike wait impatiently for the first ripe tomato of the season, and that time has finally arrived.

The Carrboro Farmers’ Market offers the largest variety and abundance of local tomatoes in the Triangle, and the arrival of tomato season calls for the market’s biggest annual celebration and tasting event, Tomato Day - scheduled for July 13. Last year, more than 5,000 eager tomato lovers flocked to this celebration, some even donning tomato-themed accessories and full costumes to celebrate the tasty goodness of local tomatoes. Tomato Day is the same weekend as Acme Restaurant’s highly anticipated 11th Annual Tomato Festival, making it a weekend of tomato goodness for the local community.

Starting at 8:30am, the market’s volunteer team will serve up an assortment of sliced tomato samples selected from more than 70 different tomato varieties.

This year’s event will also include a raffle with more than 35 prizes from local businesses! The market encourages shoppers to stop by participating local businesses July 7-12 and pick up free raffle tickets for chances to win prizes including dinner at Lantern Restaurant, a camping getaway courtesy of Townsend Bertram & Company, a $75 gift certificate to Back Alley Bikes, appetizers from Elaine’s on Franklin, dinner at the Spotted Dog, gift certificates from the Clean Machine, and more!

Youth Football league gearing up

CARRBORO -- The Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department will be sponsoring a Youth Football program for participants in the following age groups:

Flag League (5 & 6 Year-Olds)

Tackle Pee Wee League (7 & 8 Year-Olds)

* weight limit of 110 lbs.

Tackle Mite League (9 & 10 Year-Olds)

* weight limit of 130 lbs.

Tackle Midget League (11 & 12 Year-Olds)

* weight limit of 150 lbs.

Ages are as of Aug. 1, 2013.

Registration for all participants is being accepted at the Recreation Department, 100 N. Greensboro St. Carrboro. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Registration is also available online at www.carrbororec.org.

The fee is $58 for Orange County residents, $95 for out-of-county residents. Registration forms must be signed by a parent/guardian and are accepted on a first-come and first-serve basis. Birth certificates are required to participate.

Participants will begin practice Aug. 1, with games beginning in September. The season runs through late October. The department also is still accepting applications for coaches in some age groups.

For information, call 919-918-7364.

Options available to help Chatham seniors deal with heat

PITTSBORO --The Chatham County Council on Aging offers several programs and suggestions to help local senior citizens cope with the heat this summer. “We know that extreme temperatures can be a serious health threat to all of our residents, but seniors must be especially careful,” says Angel Dennison, director of the Council on Aging.

For those without air conditioning, the council participates in a fan donation program funded through a statewide program sponsored by utility companies.

Residents who are at least 61 years old can receive an electric box-style fan at no charge by calling Brett Moraes at 919-542-4512. The council also is seeking donations of fans or contributions to buy fans.

The Council on Aging invites seniors to enjoy the air conditioning at both the Pittsboro and Siler City Senior Centers, which are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To find out more, call 919-542-4512 for Pittsboro activities and 919-742-3975 for Siler City activities.