Local briefs

Jan. 03, 2014 @ 05:05 PM

Peer Learning offering spring courses
CHAPEL HILL -- Three new spring courses will be offered by Peer Learning of Chapel Hill, a nonprofit group for seniors and retirees. Located at Binkley Memorial Church, next to University Mall, the classes are taught by peers, often retired professors or professionals in their field, who discuss, lecture, or use videos. 
Participants will discuss ethics from daily newspaper stories, or learn about the origins of ancient civilizations, or discover ballet’s history, language and training. Five additional classes and a monthly social-speaker meeting, a Book Club, and a Stepping-Out Luncheon provide the opportunity to meet new people.
The spring semester begins with the social-speaker meeting Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Binkley Church Lounge. Classes start the week of Jan. 13. Free and ample parking is available.
The cost of $25 per semester and includes the membership fee and all classes. To learn more about the classes and to fill in a registration form, go to peerlearningofchapelhill.com or call Sonia Hanker at 919-942-7215.

Workshop to focus on how to choose school
DURHAM —  Durham County Cooperative Extension is launching a new School Choice Workshop for any parent with a child who wants to explore K-12 public school options, including charter schools. 
The workshop will help families learn how to choose a school.  The workshops will be Wednesday from 6 to 7: p.m. and Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension’s offices, 721 Foster St.
The workshop is free and registration is requested.  For information or to register by phone, email or call Donna Rewalt at drewalt@dconc.gov or (919) 560-0538.  Register online at http://durham.ces.ncsu.edu/

Panel to discuss South Durham Farmers’ Market

DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host a panel discussion with the manager and farmers of the South Durham Farmers’ Market at 3 p.m. Jan. 12 at South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
The South Durham Farmers’ Market has enjoyed success since opening in April 2012. Unlike the Durham Farmers’ Market, the South Durham Farmers’ Market has a membership structure, although everyone is welcome to shop. The panel will feature manager Elizabeth Zander and farmers Stephanie Hall of Sassafras Fork, Matt Ball of Down 2 Earth Farm, Mark Paylor of 4M Farms, Liz Young of S&H Farm and Ben Bergmann of Fickle Creek. Participants will discuss the history and future of Durham’s newest market.

Cast of PlayMakers ‘Private Lives’ to visit library
DURHAM -- Durham County Library will host members of the cast from the PlayMakers production of Noel Coward’s Private Lives. The program takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 13 at Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.
“Private Lives,” called “one of the funniest comedies of the 20th Century” by The New York Times, features divorced lovers who land in adjacent honeymoon suites on the Riviera. This comic classic is described as being as sophisticated, urbane and hilariously catty as they come. The discussion will be led by Artistic Director Jeff Meanza and other cast members.

Learn more about DAR at Jan. 25 meeting
CHAPEL  HILL – The Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at the Chapel Hill Library Meeting Room D Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The purpose of the meeting is to ascertain if there is enough interest to form an evening or Saturday DAR Chapter in the Chapel Hill area.
Any woman is eligible for membership in the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution who is not less than 18 years of age and who is lineally descended from a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty to the cause of American Independence, served as a sailor, or a soldier or civil officer in one of the several Colonies or States, or in the United Colonies or States or as a recognized patriot, or rendered material aid thereto.
The public website for NSDAR is www.dar.org

City to host session on parking lot redevelopment
DURHAM – Anyone with an opinion on the redevelopment of two city parking lots along Morgan Street as well as design options for future city parking structures should mark their calendar now to attend an Urban Design Studio Thursday.
The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in The Temple Building, 302 West Main St. Hosted by the Durham City-County Planning Department, this studio will provide an opportunity for public input in creating a vision for redevelopment of the public parking lots along the south side of Morgan Street between Mangum Street and Holland Street, and defining important design and functional characteristics for possible future parking structures at those sites.
Participants and downtown stakeholders will be asked to identify and prioritize goals for redevelopment, with the results then being used to create a plan for new parking structures on one or both of these sites.