Local briefs

Jul. 12, 2013 @ 07:49 PM

Family Fun Day in Hillsborough
HILLSOBOROUGH -- The Orange County Main Library and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough will host Family Fun Day from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough today.  Family Fun Days is a special summer series held on the second Saturday of the month from June through September. Each Family Fun Day includes guided history tours, children’s activities, a farmers market, shopping, and dining.
Begin your day at the Orange County Main Library, located at 137 W. Margaret Lane.  Children can pick up a passport to Historic Hillsborough starting at 10 a.m. Inside the passport you will find names of places to visit in town. Make it your goal to see how many places you can go and how many stamps you can collect!
The event will include a variety of activities for kids of all ages such as a musical performance by Ubuntu Marimba Ensemble from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, 150 E. King Stt.  The Ubuntu Marimba Ensemble is a local Hillsborough group.
Children can also pick up a scavenger hunt to complete for a stamp on their passports.
A “Ghosts of the Confederacy” tour of the St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church cemetery’s Civil War dead will take place at 2 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the Hillsborough Visitors Center or by calling 919-732-7741. The tour will begin at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.
Other activities include Cupcake Day at the Eno River Farmers Market, E. Margaret Lane, from 9 a.m.- noon, free tours of the Burwell School Historic Site from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and free admission to the Orange County Historical Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For information about Family Fun Day: http://www.visithillsboroughnc.com/calendar/2013-07

Screendance Festival at Nasher this weekend
The American Dance Festival hosts the 18th annual International Screendance Festival today and Sunday at both The Nasher Museum of Art and White Lecture Hall on Duke University’s East Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
The festival features 18 films, chosen from 90 submissions by Screendance Festival director Emmy-nominated filmmaker Douglas Rosenberg and panelists Priscilla Guy and Paulina Ruiz Carballido.  Two different programs take place each day. The schedule:  today at 2 p.m. at The Nasher; 8 p.m. White Lecture Hall; Sunday, 3:30 p.m. at the Nasher; 8 p.m. White Lecture Hall.
While most of the films are short, two documentaries will also be included in the lineup. One of the documentaries, “Creative Domain: Paul Taylor at Work,” runs 82 minutes and will be screened at 8 p.m. Sunday at White Lecture Hall. The Paul T aylor Dance Company ends at two-day run at the American Dance Festival today with a 1 p.m. Children’s Matinee and 8 p.m. performance at Durham Performing Arts Center.
For information, including a list of films for each screening, see www.americandancefestival.org

Nonprofits receive over $1M for social, community programs

RALEIGH – The A.J. Fletcher Foundation recently announced more than $1 million in charitable grants for nonprofitscommitted to overcoming obstacles facing North Carolina families and communities.
Thus far in 2013, AJF has added seven new nonprofit organizations to its roster, including: UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communications and WUNC Radio ($110,000), NC Early Childhood Foundation ($100,000), Book Harvest ($50,000), Dix Visionaries ($50,000), MomsRising ($35,000), Grandfather Mountain Home for Children ($25,000) and StepUp Ministry ($15,000).
“Successful AJF grant applicants serve North Carolina residents and improve our communities,” said Damon Circosta, executive director at AJF. “We’re looking for nonprofits who support programs aligned with our priority initiatives for the year, including early childhood education, public schools in an era of choice, East Durham, and media and journalism innovation.”

Duke Hospital files application for Duke North building renovations
Duke University Hospital has filed an application with the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation to renovate and modernize 29,000 square feet of Duke North.
The renovations would include infrastructure and technology upgrades to the bed tower, nine operating rooms, and the cardiac critical care unit, according to a DHHS notice.
The project is expected to cost $48.4 million and be completed in August 2015.
A public hearing about the project will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 13 in room 104 of the Brown Building, Dorothea Dix Campus, 801 Biggs Drive, Raleigh.


Local hospitals named leaders in LGBT health care equality

Durham and Chapel Hill hospitals have been deemed leaders in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health care equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a national nonprofit focused on LGBT education.
In a HRC Health Care Equality Index report released this month, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke University Hospital, Durham VA Medical Center and UNC Health Care all earned recognition for their commitment to inclusive, equitable care for LGBT patients and their families, according to the HRC report.
The number of “Leaders in LGBT Health Care Equality” increased from 71 in 2012 to 212 this year. The 212 leaders represent 464 individual health care facilities that were rated on how they protect their LGBT patients and employees from discrimination, ensure equal visitation for LGBT people, and provide staff training in LGBT patient-centered care, according to the report.
This year, 93 percent of survey participants included “sexual orientation” in their patient non-discrimination policies and 96 percent included it in their employment non-discrimination policies. More facilities provided equal visitation for LGBT patients, or 90 percent of participants in the 2013 index, compared to 75 percent in the 2012 index.
The Health Care Equality Index 2013 report can be found online at hrc.org/hei.