Local briefs

Aug. 12, 2013 @ 06:05 PM

Both lanes of N.C. 86/South Columbia open

CHAPEL HILL — Motorists in Chapel Hill can once again drive in both directions on N.C. 86/South Columbia Street now that the N.C. Department of Transportation has completed the first phase of the N.C. 86/South Columbia Street Enhancement Project.

Traffic on the east end of the project, between Purefoy Road and Mason Farm Road, returned to its normal two-way, two-lane traffic pattern on Saturday, three days ahead of schedule. The southbound lane was closed in May to allow crews to widen and pave this section of N.C. 86/South Columbia Street, as well as construct bike lanes and sidewalks, place new waterline and install curb and gutter.

This phase of the project was originally scheduled to last for six months, but NCDOT worked closely with the contractor and the Town of Chapel Hill to cut that time in half.

“As a result of our ongoing communication and collaboration with the contractor, the town, UNC-CH and Orange Water and Sewer Authority, we were able to complete 183 days’ worth of work in 90 days,” said NCDOT Resident Engineer Chris Kirkman.  “This was quite a feat, and Triangle Grading and Paving has done a tremendous job in managing this project.”

Bull City Rumble to aid racing association

DURHAM – Vintage motorcycles with a café racer twist and classic scooters from all parts of the world will descend upon Durham Aug. 31 for a daylong family-fun-filled rally that includes a bike show, vendors, swap meet, tech sessions, food, music and fun. All proceeds from the charity raffle will benefit the American Historic Racing Association (www.ahrma.org). The event will be in and around The Casbah, 1007 West Main St.

The concert at the Casbah begins at 4 p.m. with five bands -- Phatlynx (Chapel Hill), Kelley and the Cowboys (Mt. Airy), Motorbilly (Raleigh), Sean K Preston (Baltimore) and The Straight 8’s (Hillsborough). 

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase from 1 to 4:30 p.m. and prizes will be awarded at 4:30 p.m.

Public access to the vintage show, vendors and swap meet will be free. Entry to see the bands will be $7. Tickets for the full day are $20 in advance (purchased from http://tonup.bigcartel.com/product/bull-city-rumble-9-2013-pre-registration-tickets), $25 at the door. Full day tickets include Bull City Rumble T-shirt, band access and a raffle ticket.

Event organizer TonUp North Carolina is a North Carolina nonprofit organization that encourages the riding, restoration and racing of vintage motorcycles. 

H.E.L.P. Extravaganza coming in September

DURHAM -- Piedmont Health Services and Dominion Community Development Corporation will host the H.E.L.P Extravaganza Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lattisville Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 1701 Jimmy Ed Road, Hurdle Mills.

This family-focused event will provide community residents with information and activities concerning health, education, life-skills and preparedness.

Activities will include representatives from Piedmont Health Services who will inform residents about issues related to free health and wellness services. 

The event will include experts on Medicare and Medicaid, Alzheimer’s disease,  educational opportunities, life-skills and emergency preparedness. There will be free health screenings for blood pressure, glucose levels and dental care. Back-to-school give-a-ways will be distributed.

The Dominion Community Development Corporation is a new nonprofit community service organization serving Orange, Person, Durham, Caswell and Alamance counties. DCDC’s  mission is to improve the quality of life in these counties through human capital and economic development activities.

For information, call Pastor George Crews III at  919-732-0994.

Active 20-30 charters first N.C. club

DURHAM  — Active 20-30 of U.S. & Canada will officially charter its first North Carolina club Aug. 17. The mission of the national organization is to together men and women in their 20s and 30s who have a passion for improving the lives of children in their community.

Social entrepreneur Kristin Hathorn moved to Durham about a year ago, and she saw a need among Triangle young professionals for a way to network and give back.   “I was involved with Active 20-30 in Denver, so I was aware of the networking and community engagement opportunities available through the organization,” Hathorn said. “When I moved to the Triangle, I went looking for something similar as a way to meet people and get involved, yet I couldn’t find anything like it.”

Founded in Washington and California in 1922, Active 20-30 had been seeking ways to grow beyond its West Coast roots.  

The chartering ceremony will be at Alivia’s Durham Bistro where local club members will be joined by members from around the country.  The event is open to the public. Guests are also encouraged to bring school supplies that will be donated to the Emily K Center, one of Active 20-30 Club of Durham/Raleigh’s partner organizations.

Women’s arm wrestling aiding Habitat

DURHAM -- The League of Upper Extremity Wrestling Women of Durham (LUEWWD - pronounced “lewd”) is partnering with Habitat for Humanity of Durham on Sept. 7 to raise funds toward its 2013 Women Build. The Women Build program empowers women to better their community and be leaders on the construction site by building a home in partnership with a hardworking family.

The event, LUEWWD IX: Nailin’ It!, will take place at the Casbah at 1007 W Main St. It will feature eight new wrestlers, including Big Mama Mayhem, Guillo Tina, Reba the Wrench, Sabrina Zero and Work It Out Barbie. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. for pre-game activities, featuring the LIV’s food truck, cornhole and Sam Adams products. General admission costs $5 and VIP tickets cost $25. The event is sponsored by The Boston Beer Company, The Casbah, Phunco, and MAYDNEW DJ & Event Planning.

Habitat for Humanity of Durham staff and volunteers, and LUEWWD volunteers will bring both fundraising strength and physical strength to the project.

If you are interested in donating to, volunteering for, or attending, this event, please email luewwd@gmail.com.

Pregnant? Find out what a doula can do for you!

The Bull City Doula Collective will host a free meet-and-greet Sunday, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Blue Point Yoga Studio.

Guest speaker Leah Anne Joel, CNM from the Women's Health Alliance, will talk about midwifery care available in Durham and about the differences in the midwifery model of care and a more traditional OB care option.

Ashley Collins, Andrea Dixon and Betsy Huljev are birth and postpartum doulas serving the Triangle area. For more information, or to RSVP (always appreciated, but not required), please visit the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/557277077642767/.