Local briefs

Aug. 13, 2013 @ 04:39 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.

Doula Collective meet-and-greet

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/.

Therapeutic Riding Center plans fundraiser

MEBANE – Rockin’ Horse Round-up from 5 p.m. until dark Aug. 22 will benefit the North Carolina Therapeutic Riding Center.

The local nonprofit helps children and adults with disabilities.

For information about what the center does, visit nctrcriders.org

There will be food trucks, including Only Burger, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, Local Yogurt on the Go and Mac-Ur-Roni. Carolina Brewery will have beer on hand. Tom Maxwell and the Minor Drag will perform.

There also will be a demonstration of therapy ponies and riders. Tickets are $10, and children 12 and under get in for free. For tickets and information, visit rockinhorsenc.com. The event will be held at 4605 Nicks Road, Mebane.

All proceeds from the event go to benefit the NCTRC.

Holton Center, Edison Johnson to close for maintenance

DURHAM -- Holton Career and Resource Center will close for routine maintenance and cleaning Monday through Aug. 23.

All programs and activities will resume Aug. 24.

On Aug. 26-Sept. 2, Edison Johnson Aquatics Center will close for routine maintenance and cleaning. All programs will resume Sept. 3.

For information call (919) 560-4355.

Durham publishes Strategic Plan Progress Report

DURHAM – Residents who want more information on how the city of Durham is reducing crime can now get updates on a weekly basis, while also getting reports on efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, maintain the city’s infrastructure and much more.

As part of its continuing commitment to transparency and accountability, the city has published its fifth Strategic Plan Progress Report, which is a biannual report to give an update on how the organization is achieving the goals and initiatives outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan.

The Strategic Plan is the city’s business plan, which establishes priorities and objectives for the organization and defines selected actions and activities within the financial limits set by the City Council. The biannual interactive and printable progress report is now available on the City’s website, http://www.DurhamNC.gov/StrategicPlan/Goals, and is updated each February and August.

According to City Manager Tom Bonfield, in addition to now weekly publishing of citywide crime statistics to the Strategic Plan dashboard, the Durham Police Department also updates mapping information related to crime reports nightly on its RAIDS Online site, which is part of the city’s efforts to be transparent to residents. “Publishing updated crime data every week, and the other data every six months, helps to fulfill the City’s promise to be accountable to Durham residents and illustrates how we’re doing with our ‘Safe and Secure Community’ goal,” Bonfield said. “We want our residents to review this progress report and be fully engaged and knowledgeable about how we are working toward reaching all of our Strategic Plan goals.”

For information about the City’s Strategic Plan, visit http://www.DurhamNC.gov/StrategicPlan or contact Strategic Initiatives Manager Jay Reinstein with the City’s Budget & Management Services Department at (919) 560-4111, ext. 20102 or by email at Jay.Reinstein@DurhamNC.gov.

Piedmont Wildlife Center hosts BioBlitz

DURHAM -- Piedmont Wildlife Center is hosting a BioBlitz on Aug. 23-24.

A BioBlitz is 24-hour biological inventory of all plant and animal species in a designated area. Piedmont Wildlife Center is in Leigh Farm Park, an 80-acre parcel adjacent to New Hope Creek and surrounding NC Wildlife Resources Commission gamelands. The event will start at 4 p.m. Aug. 23 and end at 4 p.m. Aug. 24.

Naturalists and scientists from across the Triangle are coming together to inventory as many species as possible during the event. The free event also gets the public involved in science. Chris Goforth, the senior manager of citizen science at the Museum of Natural Sciences, will be hosting citizen science treks to look for butterflies, ladybugs, and more. There will be an owl prowl on Friday evening. Check out the event schedule for more information on nature hikes and programs. Guests are invited to join inventory teams, become a citizen scientist, enjoy live animal programs, and more. Bandidos and Will & Pop’s food trucks will be offering lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Aug. 24. A photography contest will be held throughout the event and the winner will be announced at the finale of the BioBlitz.

See details and a schedule of events at www.piedmontwildlifecenter.org/bioblitz.

Triangle Transit begins mobile app, revamps website

DURHAM – Mobile users will soon have a new way to try transit in the Triangle. Triangle Transit is the first transit system in the region to offer a mobile app in iOS and Android. In addition to the new mobile app, www.triangletransit.org is getting a new look. Both will go live Monday.

“The mobile app makes it more convenient to search for routes, schedules and stops,” said Lauren Parker, marketing manager for Triangle Transit. “In designing both the mobile app and the new website, we wanted them to be easy to navigate with just a few clicks, improve the ability to plan trips and view maps and make it more convenient for riders to buy passes they’ll need when they travel with us.”

Another feature of the new sites will be “My Ride,” which allows a customer to create personalized route info and alerts for them. If there’s a detour, route change or bad weather affecting their trip the rider will know it in seconds. There is also updated schedule and fare information, a new video library, a customer newsletter, rider stories, a “text to speech” (TTS) converter in compliance with ADA, a “swag store” offering Triangle Transit merchandise and access to Facebook posts or tweets.