Thursday, May 31, 2012

National Night Out

National Night Out (NNO) is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

Last year's National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:
  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Hope Valley North will be participating this year with a parade, cook out and games for the kids. More details to come. Save the date: August 7, 2012!!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Starting a garden club- date changed to 6/11

June 3-9 is National Garden Week.  Several residents of Hope Valley North are starting a garden club. Interested in joining us?

What is a garden club?
A garden club is a group of people who come together to enhance their knowledge of gardening. Every garden club is different, reflecting the special interests of its members. Programs, activities and projects are encouraged to further develop those special interests.

Do I need to know how to garden?
No.  You can learn through the club. You just need an interest and a willingness to learn.

When will the club meet?
Most clubs meet monthly. Some meet in the daytime, some in the evening. We can meet in homes or other public places where facilities can be provided. The club determines the meeting place and  time.

What will the club do?
That is up to us. We can swap plants, hold workshops, have plant sales or take trips to garden centers. We can decide based on the interest of those who join.

How Can I Get Involved?
This is the starting point. We will have a meeting Monday, June 4, June 11, 2012 at 1105 Stonehedge Ave. For more information email Martha at or call Debbie at 919-210-1450.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Free spaying and neutering program available this week for pet owners

From the Herald Sun:
For more information, call the APS at 919-560-0640 or visit

By KEITH UPCHURCH; 919-419-6612

DURHAM – Pet owners can have their companions spayed or neutered for free through a special program offered by the Animal Protection Society of Durham.

The APS will issue free vouchers for the procedures to any Durham County resident through Saturday. The APS staff will set up an appointment with a participating veterinarian, according to Maria Hernandez, director of development for the APS.

To get the voucher, visit the Durham County Animal Shelter at 2117 E. Club Blvd. between 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday (or until 6 p.m. Wednesday), or 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

A state-issued identification showing the person lives in Durham County is required. A $20 donation to the APS is suggested, but not required. There are no additional fees.

“Our focus is to reduce unwanted litters from the pet population, so we’re willing to do what we can to help people who are putting it off or may not have the necessary resources to spay or neuter their pets on their own,” Hernandez said.

The typical cost for spaying or neutering can range from $85 to $300, depending on the type and size of animal. X-rays and additional tests can add to the cost.

The APS pays for the procedures, “so we rely on donors to help us fund this program,” Hernandez said. “We are proud to offer this service, because we believe strongly in ending pet over-population, which can lead to animals being abused, neglected, surrendered or abandoned,” she said.

Affordable Animal Care in Durham will perform the procedures.

In February, the APS conducted a similar program, and more than 100 pet owners participated, she said.

Read more: The Herald-Sun - Free spaying neutering program available this week for pet owners


Thanks to all those who came out and made our 1st annual Spring Fling a success. Also a big thanks to all the helpers and vendors!

Clarence Peoples Electrical Services

Benjie's Handyman Services

Fixall Services

Rahmaan Exterminators
pest control

Hall's Heating and Air Service
heating and air

Roger's Plumbing

CFB Contracting
erosion control, rain gardens, cisterns

Acorn Arborist
tree service

Friday, May 4, 2012

Spring Fling tomorrow!!

The first annual Hope Valley North Spring Fling is tomorrow (5/5/12)!! Come down to the Shelly Place cul-de-sac in Hope Valley North and meet home improvement vendors (recommended by neighbors), buy a hot dog/chips/drink for lunch and see what we have at our garden boutique sale. There will be free face painting and balloon animals for the kids. The event runs from 10am to noon.

While there sign up for the garden tour. Several neighbors will share lovely garden views with you. If you think there are some nice front yards in the neighborhood wait until you see the gardens tucked behind the houses, including several rain gardens installed with CCAP grants!! Tour starts at 1pm.

For GPS directions, map to 2 Shelly Place, Durham, NC 27707.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Speed Bump Update

We have made it past the second stage. The city has surveyed the street and come up with a couple of possible places to put a speed bump. The next step will be to have neighbors sign a petition agreeing to have the speed bump on the road in front of their houses. Watch for more progress on this after the spring fling this Saturday!!

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...