Chapel Hill Herald briefs

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 01:03 PM

League celebrates passage of 19th Amendment
CHAPEL HILL – Monday marks the 93rd anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote. The League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties will celebrate Women’s Equality Day by recognizing our elected women officials and hearing from directors of local election boards about challenges facing their offices.
The public is invited to the celebration at 7 p.m. Monday at Extraordinary Ventures in Chapel Hill. 
“On this Women’s Equality Day, we are focusing on how our volunteers can help the public understand the new voter law,” said local League President Brenda Rogers. “There are many questions about when photo IDs are required and how voters can obtain a valid photo ID. The League challenges the legality of the newly enacted law, which reduces early voting, does not allow provisional ballots for those voting out of precinct, eliminates high school preregistrations and, overall, impedes access to voting; however, we are committed to doing all that we can to ensure that all citizens who are 18 years or older register to vote, and understanding the impact of the new law is a first step. We don’t care who you vote for; we just want all citizens to exercise their right to vote.” 
The League, which also was founded in 1920, neither supports nor opposes candidates and is not affiliated with any political party. 
On Sept. 24, National Voter Registration Day, League members will be registering voters at community colleges in Pittsboro, Siler City, Orange County and Durham as well as the Durham South Regional Library. The League will also register voters at Durham’s CenterFest.
“This fall we will be holding candidates’ forums for local elections in Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We urge citizens to attend our forums and learn more about the candidates running for local offices,” continued Rogers. In addition to voter registrations and candidates’ forums, the League provides educational programs to inform citizens about local, state and national issues.  A calendar of upcoming events is available on the website at 

Community center to close Sept. 9

CHAPEL HILL -- The Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 S. Estes Drive will close for annual maintenance Sept. 9-15.

Public Works staff will perform annual preventive maintenance on the facility. A cleaning service team will strip and wax the floors and perform annual maintenance on the facility. The gymnasium floor will be refinished, and a coat of polyurethane applied.

Portable restrooms will be provided to the public adjacent to the playground. There is a drink machine outside the front of the building for patron convenience. Selections include water and energy drinks.

For information, contact the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation at 919-968-2790.

Benefit to aid Planned Parenthood, Mercury Phoenix Trust
CHAPEL HILL – At 9 p.m. Sept. 14, Triangle area musicians are joining together with Planned Parenthood of North Carolina and the Mercury Phoenix Trust to celebrate Freddie For A Day, a celebration of the life of Queen frontman, Freddie Mercury. The Mercury Phoenix Trust is the HIV AIDS charitable organization set up in Freddie’s memory after he died in 1991.
Chapel Hill Underground, Hmm Media and Jess Donnell are presenting the event. Scheduled to perform are Buckley, Murtaugh & Waters (members of Transportation and Panzer), Fantastico!, Magnolia Collective, Curtis Eller’s American Circus, Billy Sugarfix, Jane Francis, Beloved Binge, Randy Dean Whitt, Burke Hilburn and the Vice Grips, Mark Simonsen, Bears in the City, Jeff Hart, New Town Drunks, Mara Thomas, John Pardue, Radar's Clowns of Sedation, Loose Screws, Jim Smith and more.
There will also be an art exhibit featuring portraits of Freddie by various North Carolina artists and an art opening at Chapel Hill Underground before the concert. The art will remain on display through the month of September. There will be a Freddie costume contest and a raffle of goods donated by a variety of local sponsors. A $10 donation is suggested.
All proceeds from the concert, sale of the art and the raffle tickets will be split 50/50 between Planned Parenthood of Central NC ( and the Mercury Phoenix Trust (
If you can't attend or wish to donate online before or after the event, visit

Festival to benefit Little Red Wagon
The fourth annual Super cooper’s Rockin’ Run and Festival is coming up Oct. 19 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Southern Village. The event will benefit the Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation, which supports families with children fighting pediatric brain cancer.
The festivities include a 5K, a family fun relay, live music, a slide, surf simulator, live auction and food.
To learn more and register (registration is required), visit