Durham County

Local briefs: Eno River Watershed information session set Tuesday

Eno watershed info session set

Residents who want to know how the City of Durham plans to improve the Eno River Watershed should mark their calendars now to attend a Tuesday, March 21 public information session.

The session will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Durham County North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. The purpose of the meeting is to present the results of stream field studies and gather input from residents. The session also includes an interactive children’s exhibit about some of the animals and plants that live in the Eno River watershed.

The meeting will outline how the Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan will provide a roadmap for future projects.

Next steps are to include public input and build computer models that help officials select projects that best protect water resources. For more information about the project visit bit.ly/2nQB3XZ online.

Cemetery Committee meeting set

The Hillsborough Cemetery Committee will meet at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 23 at the Town Barn Downstairs Boardroom on the Town Hall campus, 101 E. Orange St.

The agenda includes discussion of committee priorities and the development of sub-committees and consideration of a request from the Orange County Historical Museum regarding loan of artifacts.

The Cemetery Committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding the preservation and maintenance of town-maintained cemeteries including Margaret Lane Cemetery, the Old Town Cemetery and the Town Cemetery.

For more information, call Ken Hines at 919-732-1270, ext. 78.

Tax appeal deadline nears

Durham County Tax Administrator Kimberly Simpson is reminding property owners that this year’s deadline to appeal real property tax values will be April 17 at 5 p.m.

“That is the date and time that the Durham County Board of Equalization and Review officially adjourns for the year, and state statutes remove the Board’s authority to consider appeals filed after the adjournment,” Simpson said.

Appeals that are filed after the deadline will be automatically considered for the 2018 tax year.

Residents may contact the Durham County tax office at 919-560-0300 for more information.

JLD 2017-18 recruiting underway

Junior Leadership Durham is recruiting for its 2017-18 class. Class No. 15 will begin in September with approximately 30 selected students.

There is no charge to the student but as a non-profit organization, Junior Leadership Durham Inc. appreciates donations from individuals and community businesses.

Ninth-grade students attending Durham public, private, charter, or home schools are encouraged to submit an application. Student applications are due March 31 and can be downloaded from the JLD website juniorleadershipdurham.org.

Questions can be directed to Robin Odom at 919-477-4913.

City to host women’s forum

The City of Durham 15th annual Women’s Forum in honor of Women’s History Month – “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business” will take place Thursday, March 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 101 City Hall Plaza.

It is sponsored by the city’s Human Relations Division and Neighborhood Improvement Services Department

Panelists will include:

-- Kristi Jones, chief of staff to Gov. Roy Cooper

-- Durham Police Chief Cerelyn “C.J.” Davis

-- County Commissioners Chairwoman Wendy Jacobs

-- Desiree Palmer, owner/operator of Desiree T. Palmer DMD, PA & Associates

-- Kim-Lan Grout, disability rights activist and founder of the Redefining Disabled Project

The forum is free and open to the public and will be moderated by La Noticia, Inc. Publisher and CEO Hilda Gurdian.

Youth finance workshop offered

The City of Durham Office of Economic and Workforce Development and the State Employees’ Credit Union are offering a youth financial empowerment workshop from 5 to 5:30 p.m. March 29 at Historic Parrish Street Forum, 108 W. Parrish St.

The free financial literacy session, tailored for youth ages 14 to 24, will share an easy-to-use approach to spending, saving, and planning. Food will be provided to participants.

For more information, call James Dickens at 919-560-4965, ext. 15217.

Triangle Scrabble Tournament set

Scrabble novices to whiz kids are invited to test their skills against tournament players Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. or stop by and watch the play at the Triangle Scrabble Tournament hosted by Triangle Scrabble at Northgate’s Macy’s Court, 1058 W. Club Blvd.

All ages are invited to register and participate in this fun round-robin, eight-game match of one-on-one contests and compete to advance in the national ratings with prizes awarded to winners in the top 20 percentile. Mall visitors can enjoy watching the games as they happen. Game boards will be provided.

The tournament is a rated event and requires membership the National North American SCRABBLE Players Association to compete and advance in the ratings system.

Registration fee for this event is $20 for all players; pre-registration is required and available at trianglescrabble.com.

All players will also be required to be members of the North American SCRABBLE Players Association.

For more information, call tournament director David Klionsky 919-699-9831.

Chapel Hill sets food truck rodeo

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation in collaboration with the Downtown Partnership and the Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA) will host its inaugural food truck rodeo -- The Rodeo on Rosemary -- Sunday, March 26 from noon to 5 p.m. on the block of Rosemary Street between Henderson and North Columbia streets.

The Rodeo on Rosemary will feature 13 of the area’s favorites, including Cousin’s Maine Lobster, well known for their start on the CBS show Shark Tank. Bandidos Tacotopia, Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba, Hibachi Xpress, Only Burger, Morfa Empanadas, Baguettaboutit, Gussys, JAM, CockaDoodleMoo, Sweet Traditions and Café Belleza.

Guests are invited to enjoy their food on the top of the Wallace Parking deck where there will be an ample supply of tables and chairs and a skyline view of Downtown Chapel Hill.

Kids are welcome. There will be giant games for all to enjoy on The Plaza and a DJ will be spinning favorite tunes.

For more information, visit downtownchapelhill.com