Get free tickets to ArtsCenter performances

Jul. 26, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

Carrboro ArtsCenter to begin free ticket program: Starting with the 10 by 10 performances this weekend, the ArtsCenter will offer 10 free tickets for its main stage productions in the 2014-2015 season.

“One of the reasons people don’t go to theater is that it’s cost prohibitive,” said Jeri Lynn Schulke, director of the ArtsCenter stage. “It’s a way of breaking down that barrier for people.”

People interested in the free tickets will have to show up early and sign up to be on first-come-first-serve list. For a show that’s at 8 p.m., this would be at 6 p.m., Schulke said. Then, around 7:30 the ArtsCenter hands out the tickets to those on the list.

Schulke said the program was inspired by a theater company in Minneapolis researching audience development, which decided to give out free tickets.

“People will come see shows who might not have seen shows before,” Schulke said.

If the model expands to larger than 10 tickets, Schulke said the ArtsCenter may look at long term funding or donations to support it.


Insurer exceeds premium spending requirements: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina exceeded the federal requirement for health care spending by $272.3 million in 2013.

The Medical Loss Ratio, established by The Affordable Care Act, requires health insurance issuers to submit data on the proportion of premium revenues spent on clinical services.

 If this percentage does not meet the minimum standards, 80 to 85 percent of premium dollars on medical care, the insurer must issue the difference in rebates to enrollees.

BCBSNC reported 85.9 percent of premium revenues spent for individual, 86.5 percent for small groups, 91.8 percent for large groups and 91.7 percent for student groups in recent SEC filings, exceeding the requirements for the third consecutive year.


Children’s museum to move: Kidzu’s Launch Pad, at University Mall in Chapel Hill, will be closing temporarily on July 26.

According to a release, management at University Mall asked Kidzu to move locations to make way for Silverspot Cinema, set to open in 2015.

Kidzu is in negotiations with the mall to reopen in a new location of comparable size in November.

Kidzu moved to University Mall from West Franklin Street in February and plans to open a new location with 15,000 square feet of indoor space on Rosemary Street in 2017.


Free health assessments: The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour Bus will come to Hillsborough on July 28 to provide free health tests, assessments, education and consulting services.

The screenings will measure 10 indicators including: total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and weight.

All visitors will receive a free AARP membership and information about the Walgreens’ Balance Rewards for healthy choices program.

According to a release, the tests are valued at over $100 and can be completed in 20 minutes.


UPS renovates: The UPS Store at Carrboro Plaza will be closing July 30 for renovations.

It will reopen Aug. 4.

The renovations include new ceilings, lighting, new counters, cabinets and carpet, owner Bill Soeters said in an email. The renovations will also change the color scheme from red and blue to brown and tan.

Soeters said he renewed his franchise agreement with UPS Stores for another 10 years and renewed a long term lease with Carrboro Plaza.


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