Local briefs

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 05:50 PM

Chapel Hill Police Headquarters closed until noon
CHAPEL HILL – Because of needed electrical repairs, Chapel Hill Police Headquarters at 828 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. will be without power Friday morning from 8 a.m. to noon.
Police Headquarters will be closed during this time, and telephones will be down.
Anyone requiring police assistance during this time should call 911.

St. Luke’s plans Taize service
DURHAM -- St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1737 Hillandale Road, will hold a Taize song and worship service Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
A Taize service consists of simple chants of praise, supplication and devotion, with brief pauses for silent reflection.
Whatever your religious background or affiliation, if you'd like to be closer to God, you’re invited to share Taize this Autumnal Equinox. For more information, check us out on Meet-up.

Officials to represent Durham at Playful City summit

DURHAM – Officials from Durham, including Mayor William V. “Bill” Bell, and Durham Parks and Recreation’s Rosetta Radtke and Annette Smith, are among an elite group of representatives from across the country selected to participate in the nation’s first Playful City USA Leaders’ Summit on Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore.
For the first time, municipal and thought leaders around the country will gather to engage in dialogue about play and giving kids the childhood they deserve. Play is losing out to TV, video games, structured schedules, declining recess time, and a lack of access to safe play spaces. This means the decline in active play’s benefits for children including healthy bodies, creative minds, and overall emotional well-being.
The 2013 Playful City USA Leaders’ Summit: Investing in Children Through Play, a national platform of KaBOOM! and sponsored by Humana Foundation, is meant to drive investments in infrastructure, policies and programming that will ensure that all children receive the balance of active play they need to thrive.
Because cross-sector collaboration at the local level is a key to success, the 2013 Playful City USA Leaders’ Summit will feature 11 Team Cities from across the country: Baltimore, Birmingham, Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Durham, Louisville, Orlando, Ottawa (Kan.), Pittsburgh, Providence and Washington, D.C.

Film screening celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host a showing of the film “The Virgin Appears in La Maldita Vecindad” on Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The program is in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is Sept. 15–Oct. 15.
This documentary brings together several distinct celebrations of the Virgen de Guadalupe in Durham, including those occurring outside a Durham apartment complex known as “la Maldita Vecindad” which is composed mainly of Mexican and Central American immigrants. Other celebrations include midnight processions, Mass and a relay run from Mexico City to New York City that passes through Durham. The documentary also explores Latin American immigrants in the United States.
This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For information, contact Judy Quijano at 919-560-0157 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Food trucks to help raise funds for Durham Central Park
DURHAM -- As part of the “Meals from the Market” fundraising series, Only Burger and Pie Pushers are teaming up to organize a special opportunity to experience a private, much less crowded  “mini-rodeo” of food trucks, which will benefit Durham Central Park.
The event will be held at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., on Sept. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $50, but cover an unlimited number of diners per ticket (sharing is encouraged).
Since there are a limited number of tickets to be sold for this more intimate evening, lines will be shorter and there will be plenty of room to roam. Samples of the regular menu items will be prepared so that those attending can have a taste from each truck’s rolling kitchen. There will be 15 trucks at this year’s event and the samples are pretty hefty. 
Bring out your lawn chairs and blankets. Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar. Special thanks as well to American Party Rental for its donation of several tables and chairs for guest use during this event.
For information about tickets, visit www.durhamcentralpark.org/.

Battle of the Bands on Sunday
DURHAM -- The marching bands of Duke University, N.C. Central University, N.C. A&T State University and Elizabeth City State University will face off this Sunday during an epic Battle of the Bands.
The event will be held at NCCU's O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium, and gates open at 2:30 p.m.
The event begins at 3:30 p.m.
Fourteen high school marching bands from along the East Coast also will compete.
D.C. event planner Adrian Carroll said the battle is in its 11th year.
Tickets will be $14 in advance and $16 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased at the NCCU Ticket Office (919-530-5170) or purchased online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/453982.

Water video takes second in national competition
DURHAM — The City of Durham’s Water Management Department and the Office of Public Affairs recently earned second place in the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) Savvy Awards’ TV/Video category for its educational video, “Understanding the Value of Every Drop.” The piece details the work the Water Management Department does to provide quality water and sewer services to the Durham community.
Judges for 3CMA, a national communications and marketing organization for local governments, said the video was “nicely done, very professional” and featured “great on-air talent.” Water Management staff partnered with the Office of Public Affairs to develop the script and oversee the entire video project, which was produced by Digital P Media.
This is the second award this video has received since its debut. In March 2013, the North Carolina City and County Communicators (NC3C) awarded the “Understanding the Value of Every Drop” video with second place at its annual conference. NC3C is a statewide association of local governmental communications professionals.
“Understanding the Value of Every Drop” is available for on-demand viewing at http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/dwm/Pages/Home.aspx and on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxxLnrfOO0U&list=TL2Efnc60IVOA. For more information about 3CMA, visit http://www.3cma.org.

Northgate hosting College Fair Sept. 29
DURHAM -- How many chances do students and parents have to meet with representatives of 100 colleges and universities without leaving Durham?  Families will soon have this great opportunity at Northgate Mall, site of the annual Durham College Fair on Sept. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The 2013 edition, hosted and organized by Durham Public Schools and Duke University, will give families an opportunity to gather information about dozens of two- and four-year college programs.
“This is a great opportunity for students and their families to visit with a wide range of higher education institutions, all in one location,” said Nikki Baskin, senior assistant director of Duke Undergraduate Admissions, and one of the organizers of the annual event.
Two and four-year private and public schools will be on hand from across the state and from as far away as Alabama, Virginia and Massachusetts.  Durham Public School high school counselors will also be available to help students navigate through the participating institutions.
The Durham College Fair is free and open to the public and is accessible from entrances 2, 4, and 8 at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd.

Grant available for teachers
DURHAM -- The Durham Town & Country Garden Club is seeking applications for any Durham County school or teacher to apply for a $1,000 Windows of Opportunity grant for a project in conjunction with North Carolina Beautiful.
Information about the application's scope may be found at www.ncbeautiful.org. The deadline for submission is Nov. 11. 

Workshop to aid veterans
DURHAM – A four-hour workshop to help equip veterans and service-disabled veterans with business development resources will be held Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon at the Historic Parrish Street Forum, 108 West Parrish St.
The cost of the workshop is free, but seating is limited, so please reserve your seat by Monday. To RSVP, contact Rebecca Barbour at (919) 600-5947 or by email at rbarbour@sbtdc.org. For information about this workshop, visit http://www.sbtdc.org/business-events/business-development-workshop-for-veterans-and-service-disabled-veterans/.

Author Corletto to speak in October
DURHAM -- In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, Durham County Library will host local author Claudia Corletto for a reading and discussion of her first book, “7 cuentos,” a collection of short stories and art. The reading will take place Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Corletto is a writer, visual artist, couturier, speaker and art instructor. She has worked with the Carrboro ArtsCenter, LabourLove Gallery, Casa Esperanza Montessori School, Wake Tech Community College, the City of Raleigh Hispanic-Latino Initiatives Department, Happymess Art Studio, Fablab Carolinas, B.E.S.T. (Beautifying Emerging Spaces Together), the Visual Art Exchange, Redress Raleigh, the Pullen Arts Center Pleiades Art Gallery and etix. She currently serves on the board of the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County.
For information about this program, contact Claudia C. Aleman-Toomes at 919-560-0116 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.

Langley tapped as chairman of Civilian Police Review Board
DURHAM -- DeWarren K. Langley was elected chairman of the Civilian Police Review Board of the City of Durham at the quarterly meeting Tuesday.
As Chairman, Langley works with the vice chairman in providing the overall leadership and management of the nine-member board in hearing appeals of complaints submitted by citizens concerning actions taken by Durham police officers.
The Professional Standards Division of the Police Department initially investigates these complaints. If a complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the investigation, he or she may file a request for a hearing with the board.

Library Book Sale coming up
DURHAM — Attention shoppers! Find great bargains on gently used books at the Friends of the Durham Library Fall Book Sale, Oct. 4-6 at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Thousands of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs are categorized for easy shopping in the library’s auditorium and garage, and under tents set up for the event. Book prices start at 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard covers. Early shoppers will find the best selection of specially priced books in gift giving condition. Parking is free. Proceeds support Durham County Library programs and services.
The sale begins Oct. 4, with a Friends members-only evening from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends members have first choice at the sale on Friday, and everyone is encouraged to join the Friends. Memberships can be purchased at the door beginning at 2 p.m. All are welcome Oct. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Oct. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. for the $7 bag sale (paper grocery bags supplied by the Friends.) Debit and credit cards are accepted.

Film, discussion to focus on neo-slavery
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host a film showing of “Slavery by Another Name” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 4, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
The film chronicles the little-known story of a form of involuntary servitude that emerged after Reconstruction in the South and lasted for more than 80 years. Southern states used convict labor to build roads and leased these workers to coalmines, timber camps, factories and farms. The states would round up laborers as needed, arrest them and lease them out to add to the state coffers. This “neo-slavery” or convict leasing existed until the 1940s.
Adriane Lentz-Smith, associate professor of history and director of undergraduate studies at Duke University, will introduce this PBS film and lead the discussion. The film is based on the book of the same name by Douglas A. Blackmon. Blackmon was also the co-executive producer of the film.
This program is co-sponsored by the Program in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.