Friday, August 31, 2012

General Meeting reminder

The Next General Meeting is in a few weeks:
Septemeber 11, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Harris Inc
3505 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Voluntary Simplicity - Starting in September at South Regional Libr

Voluntary Simplicity - Starting in September at South Regional Library

Looking for a simpler life? Learn the meaning of voluntary simplicity and reflect on how our choices affect us and our world in this six-session course.  Come find out whether the Voluntary Simplicity course is right for you at the no-obligation introduction.

Introduction:                 Tuesday, September 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Course (six weeks):      Tuesdays, September 18-October 23, 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
Location:                      South Regional Library
Cost:                            Free

Registration for the course is on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register, go to, scroll down, and click on the name of the month or call (919) 560-7410.


Saturday and Sunday
September 8 and 9
noon – 3 p.m.
Please join us for a two-day festival in our newest garden area.

- Make a seed bomb – create a vegetable print – learn about bees, chickens, compost and sustainable gardening.
- Enjoy a garden story, dance to live music, taste samples of garden produce.
- Talk to the experts from Bountiful Backyards, Durham County Master Gardeners, DIG youth from SEEDS, This and That Jam, the Durham Beekeepers Association, Carolina Coops, Interfaith Food Shuttle, and more.
- Tours at 1:30, 2 and 2:30 p.m. When: Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8 and 9, noon-3 p.m.
Location: The Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden. Please follow signs from the lower parking lot on the opposite side from the Gothic gates. We will also have greeters to help guide you there.
Parking fees apply after 1 p.m.
Pollinator Gardens, with Debbie Roos, Extension Agent, Chatham County
Learn about the trees, shrubs and forbs that provide resources for pollinators, including bees and butterflies. Did you know pollinating insects are essential partners in the production of about 35 percent of the world’s food crops? Debbie will outline the positive steps you can take to protect pollinators.
When: Saturday, Sept. 8, 1-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; Friends $8
Location: Doris Duke Center Pre-registration required
“The Tuscan Sun Cookbook,” author Frances Mayes
A toast to the experiences Frances and Edward Mayes have enjoyed in over two decades at Bramasole in Cortona, Italy. Their new cookbook evokes days spent roaming the countryside for chestnuts, green almonds, blackberries, and porcini; dinner parties stretching into the wee hours; and garden baskets tumbling over with bright red tomatoes. Frances joins us to celebrate the freshness of home-grown food. She will entertain us with stories from her life in Tuscany.
When: Sunday, Sept. 9, 1-2:30 p.m.
Fee: $10; Friends $8
Location: Doris Duke Center Pre-registration required
BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW LECTURE REGISTRATION: Please call 919-668-1707 to register for ticketed events or for more information. We hope to see you here!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

North Durham Rotary Yard Sale Fundraiser

Northgate is pleased to announce the North Durham Rotary Club will hold a public Yard Sale Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 10:00am-6:00pm on The Plaza at Northgate in space #710 near Stadium 10 at Northgate Theatres. This event will raise funds to support North Durham Rotary’s grants and outreach programs that support needs in both the local and international community.

Open to the public, a multitude of well-priced items including clothing, exercise equipment, tools, books, house wares, furniture and sundry home and personal items will be available for sale at very low prices. 

The North Durham Rotary Club Yard Sale Saturday, August 25 from 10:00am-6:00pm will be held at space #710 on The Plaza at Northgate.
Northgate Mall is located at 1058 West Club Boulevard, Durham.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

We made the newspaper!!

National Night Out brings in the crowds
The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas
Sister s Seanae (L) and Jasmine Thomas (R) with Jadiah Ballentine (center) are marching down Shrewsbury Street ,Tuesday August 07, 2012, during the National Night Out, in the Hope Valley North Neighborhood.
The Herald-Sun | Bernard Thomas

Sister's Seanae (L) and Jasmine Thomas (R) with Jadiah Ballentine (center) are marching down Shrewsbury Street ,Tuesday August 07, 2012, during the National Night Out, in the Hope Valley North Neighborhood.
By KEITH UPCHURCH; 919-419-6612

DURHAM – Two-year-old Danny Rollman swung his head around fast when a shiny, red Durham fire truck pulled up in his neighborhood Tuesday evening.

“Truck!” he said, with dilated pupils and an open mouth.

The fire truck signaled the start of a parade for the Hope Valley North neighborhood as part of its celebration of National Night Out, a crime prevention event held in neighborhoods across the nation.

Danny’s mother, Jennifer Rollman, has lived in the southwestern Durham neighborhood about three years and thinks the event is a good way to get to know other residents.

“There have been a lot of break-ins in the neighborhood, and I think it’s good to have everybody looking out for each other,” she said.

Danny traveled the parade route along Shrewsbury Street in his highly decorated, all-terrain red wagon.

Most paraders either walked or rode their bicycles or tricycles. But 13-year-old Matthew Dowdell’s vehicle of choice was his skateboard, which he’s ridden for years except for the time he broke his arm performing a trick. That put him out of commission for a while.

Matthew, a rising ninth-grader at Jordan High School, said his house was robbed a few years ago while his family was out of town. He likes the idea of National Night Out as a way to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of crime.

Martha Wilaby, president of the Hope Valley North Neighborhood Association, said it’s the first year the area has participated in the National Night Out.

“We’re trying to encourage neighbors to get out and know each other,” she said.

The neighborhood has residents who have lived in their homes for 20 or 30 years but never got to know their neighbors, according to Debbie Lidowski, vice president of the association.

“We don’t need to know each other’s business, but we need to look out for each other,” she said.

Lidowski said many retirees live in Hope Valley North, and some are frightened to venture out of their homes.

“Many older people won’t even answer their door, even if they know it’s you,” she said. “They’re too scared.”

At Long Meadow Park in East Durham, pastor Terry Shuff was preparing hot dogs, polish sausages and chili dogs for residents in the low-income, high-crime area of the city.

It’s Shuff’s third year organizing National Night Out for the area.

“I’m on these streets just about every day, and we’ve got a lot of problems,” said Shuff, who leads Bull City Outreach Ministries. “We just want to see people’s lives change and help them with their physical and spiritual needs.”

Gwen Chavis, who lives on nearby Driver Street, had tears in her eyes as she remembered the recent beating of a man as he walked through Long Meadow Park.

The man, who has kidney disease and gets dialysis treatment, was a good friend of hers.

“He’s a good person and never bothered nobody,” she said. “It’s just sad to hear about guys beating him up like that. He didn’t deserve that.”

She said that earlier this year, her nephew was robbed and shot on Holloway Street and left for dead. But he recovered after being treated at the hospital.

“There’s just so much crime – that’s why most of the time I just go to the store and come back home,” she said.

Lorie Castillo, who lives near Long Meadow Park, said she’s seen some improvement in the neighborhood in the past year.

“The house where I stay has bullets in it, where children live,” she said. “And a lot more people in the community are coming out and showing themselves. So the neighborhood is starting to get a little better as long as all the parents stick with it, and not let their children grow up the wrong way.

“But I think National Night Out is great.”

Read more: The Herald-Sun - National Night Out brings in the crowds

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


Don't forget about Neighborhood Night Out tonight!! Parade and 5:30pm. Cook out at 6:00pm.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Break-in in our neighborhood

One of our HVN neighbors had their house broken into while out of town on vacation last week. Here are some tips to prevent residential burglaries.

1. Make sure that all exterior doors have sturdy, well installed dead bolt locks. Regular key-in the knob locks alone are not enough.
2. Sliding glass doors can be secured by installing commercial locks or putting a broomstick handle or dowel in the inside track to jam the door. To prevent the door from being lifted off the track, drill a hole through the sliding door frame and the fixed frame and insert a pin in the hole.
3. Lock double–hung windows with key locks or "pin" your windows by drilling a small hole at a 45 degree angle between the inner and outer frames, then insert a nail that can be removed only from the inside.
4. Instead of hiding keys around the outside of your home, give a neighbor you trust an extra key for emergencies.
5. When you move into a new home re-key the locks on all exterior doors immediately.
6. Burglars hate bright lights. Install flood lighting to your home’s exterior and keep them on at night or set them to detect motion around your home.
7. Don't hire strangers to cut your grass or perform work on your home. Burglars use these opportunities to find out what valuables you own and to learn how to break into your home when you're away.
8. Take regular walks in your neighborhood and make mental note of your surroundings. If something looks strange or out of place, call the police immediately.
9. When you're at home, look outside from your windows and do a quick inspection of the area and call the police if you see anything suspicious.
10. Call the police if you see a person tampering with doors and windows in your neighborhood. Your call to police may prevent a burglary in your neighborhood.

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

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