Problems using the website? Can't find what you're looking for? Can't do what you want? Friday, April 10 or Friday, April 24, 3:00 - 4:30 pm at The Gathering Place a few of our knowledgeable and friendly neighbors will be available to offer assistance. They can assist in resolving problems you may have in using the FHA or another website, simple configuration questions, "how-to" questions, etc. We will have some expertise with PCs and Mac devices as well. Bring your device(s) or questions to The Gathering Place. We are exploring alternatives to emailing the webmaster for every problem you encounter with your computer. This invitation is one alternative which may or may not become a regular event depending on your participation and feedback
Please join us for Artist Studios at Fearrington Village's First Annual Open Studio Tour to be held Saturday, April 11th (10 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 12th, 2015 (Noon -5 p.m.). The tour is free and open to the public.Twenty artists will open their studios to share their creative process and present their unique artistic journey. Visitors are welcome to explore paintings, drawings, collage, photography, hand-screened original prints, altered books, sculpture, woodwork, jewelry and more. Works are available to purchase.
A preview reception and group exhibit will be held Friday, April 10, 2015 (6p.m. – 8p.m.) at Galloway Ridge Auditorium.
Tour maps are available at each of the mail kiosks. For details, to download the tour map or to view a list of participating artists go to Fearrington Artists or Fearrington Artists Blog. Visit us on Facebook at Artist-Studios-at-Fearrington-Village.
The garden club will host a plant sale by CCHS students on April 18 at the Gathering Place from 9:00 until 1:00, rain or shine. This will be a perfect time to replace weather damaged plants or refresh your existing garden.
The club has supported this program for a number of years and recent contributions have helped send students to the national Future Farmers of America Conventions and purchase a laser engraving machine to produce labels to identify plants in their arboretum. The arboretum is an integral component of the certification of horticulture professionals.
Chatham Central High School in Bear Creek NC has a nationally recognized horticultural program and has been one of the strongest FFA competitors, having had over 40 state and 16 national winning teams in addition to top scoring individuals at both levels. Floriculture, nursery/landscape, forestry and tool teams were frequent winners in FFA competitions. Annual plant sales bring buyers from inside the county and across the state to the school campus each year. Currently 87 students are enrolled in this program.
H. Julian Smith had taught in this program for 45 years and upon his retirement in 2010 was honored by having the agricultural complex named after him.
The major program outcomes for students enrolled in an Agricultural Education program are:
Tips from Charlotte Glen of NCSU's Cooperative Extension program
The weight of last week's snow may cause limbs to break or topple whole trees. How you deal with damaged trees after the snow melts will impact their health now and for years to come. Keep the following tips in mind when caring for storm damaged trees and shrubs:
Be patient until the snow melts. There is little you can do to help trees right now. Trees and shrubs bent, but not broken, by the weight of snow and ice will often recover without special care. Learn more about how to care for storm damaged trees from this excellent Missouri Extension publication– First Aid for Storm Damaged Trees: http://extension.missouri.edu/p/g6867
For an in-depth understanding of how snow and ice can damage trees and the likely impacts on long term survival, download this exceptional guide from the University of Illinois, Trees and Ice Storms: http://www.na.fs.fed.us/urban/inforesources/TreesIceStorms2ed.pdf
Once the snow has melted, assess the damage. If more than half of a tree's limbs are damaged, the tree is highly unlikely to recover and should be removed. If only small limbs and twigs are damaged, the tree will likely make a full recovery. The more large branches are broken, the less likely the tree is to recover.
If the central leader (trunk) is broken, the tree should be removed. Some trees, such as pines, have central leaders that extend all the way to the top of the tree. When the trunk on these trees fails, they will not recover.
DID YOU KNOW ALL THESE SERVICES WERE PROVIDED LAST YEAR BY FEARRINGTON CARES?
340 Transportation requests were provided (to doctor appointments, therapy, shopping, etc.)
250 Home Repairs were completed (minor plumbing, carpentry, light bulb changes, etc.)
76 Requests for Computer Assistance were handled (help with setting up new systems, troubleshooting, etc.)
182 pieces of Medical Equipment were loaned (wheelchairs, walkers, canes, etc.)
759 people attended our Education Seminars and Workshops on health and healthy living
Swim & Croquet Club Announces Special Incentives for New Members!
Celebrating the Second 30 years with 1980s-like Prices!
Imagine a cool swim in the pool followed by a relaxing soak in the hot tub with your family, out-of-town children and grandchildren! Yes, it seems months away, but now is the time to join the Fearrington Swim & Croquet Club for the 2015 season.
Two unique membership incentives will be available only during this membership drive: First, new single-adult families will be able to join for exactly the same price they could have joined when the pool opened in the summer of 1984, $250. 2-adult families will pay a slightly higher initiation fee (joining fee) than 1984, only $500. And, these initiation fees may be paid in two installments over 2015 and 2016. In addition to the joining fees, new members will pay the annual dues for the year 2015 at the same time.
Even better, all former members who have previously paid initiation fees are invited back to membership for an initiation fee of only $75 per adult. Once members, the annual dues for all members are the best in the area at $210 per single-adult family and $420 for a two-adult family. There are also good rates for those renting and only expecting to be in Fearrington Village temporarily.
These are one-time programs and will no longer be available when the pool opens this summer. All Fearrington Village and Galloway Ridge residents are urged to act now and join or renew your membership.
You may ask, what exactly does the Swim Club offer? Of course you may contact any board member for a tour of the facilities. But, in brief, there is swimming and soaking May through September (a longer season than other clubs in the area) with water aerobics, swim lessons, lap swimming and just enjoying. All out of town guests are free (Fearrington Village residents must join to use the facilities). And, there is a baby pool for your toddler grandchildren. Croquet is available year-around with fun golf-croquet during the popular Wickets & Wine on Wednesdays each afternoon, weather permitting. We plan a croquet tournament this year as well. Other activities include volleyball, shuffleboard, Ping-Pong (check this), BBQ grills, and more. There are social programs during the season including a popular get-together once a month called the 5-O’clockers.
To take advantage of these one-time programs or to pay annual membership dues, find the applications at your mail kiosk or on the fearringtonfha.org website under “Groups”. Or, Click here.
A number of people have complained about not being able to login and/or not seeing the Bulletin Board. Almost all have been Apple product users. Here are some suggestions to try and deal with these issues.
- Before beginning, check any bookmarks for the website. The correct bookmark for the site's main, or home page is
The "www" is essential! All other bookmarks should be deleted!
- Login using the "Login or Logout" form to the left on the Home Page. It's between the (beltie) site logo and the Pittsboro Weather.
Time to spring into books!
WHAT: More than 15,000 well organized and very reasonably priced books and audio-visual materials to be found at the Friends Spring Book Sale.
WHERE: The Chatham Community Library on the campus of the Community College in Pittsboro, at the route 87 round-about.
WHEN: Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm. Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm.
WHY: Proceeds support library programs and materials.
COME BE PART OF THIS WONDERFUL COMMUNITY EVENT!
Acupuncture and Reflexology Demonstration
A Fearrington Cares Education Program
March 26, 1:30 p.m. at The Gathering Place. Acupuncture and reflexology have addressed pain and many health conditions for centuries. Come and learn about them both and see a demonstration performed on a Villager. Debbie Grimes, a licensed acupuncturist, is board certified in Oriental Medicine and has studied in China and at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Maggie Gaudet received her degree at the University of Hong Kong and has also studied in China. Both lecturers maintain private practices in Chapel Hill
March 6, 13, 20 and 27
The February iPad classes filled up with 12 residents registering before the deadline. To accommodate additional people who are interested, Mig Hayes agreed to do the same classes in March. Classes will be held on four consecutive Fridays from 4:00-5:30 pm at The Gathering Place. These classes will cover Settings, Apps, synching with iCloud, troubleshooting and more. Your operating system needs to be running iOS8. The March class may be smaller but several people are already registered. If you are interested, please call Carol Kurtz (919-542-3582) for full details. The deadline for registering is Friday, February 13.
Shared Learning of Chapel Hill is an association of people living in or near Chapel Hill who wish to continue learning by attending classes designed and conducted by fellow members. For a listing of classes, visit our website at www.sharedlearningchapelhill.com or call Alice Parsons at 919-642-0606, .
Friday, March 27, Carl Ernst, PhD, and Kenan Distinguished Professor of Islamic Studies at University of North Carolina will speak at 11:00 am. on...
TOPS Weight Loss Support
A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program
Every Friday (starting March 6), 2 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Fearrington Cares is initiating a weight loss support group using a national program, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly; www.tops.org). Weekly meetings are the heart of TOPS' support; they usually last an hour and will be held at the FC Center. Members will record their weight and a TOPS facilitator will provide a brief program covering a variety...
Sharing Our Stories
Tuesdays, March 3 - April 21, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at The Fearrington Cares Center
An 8-week support group for anyone who has experienced a loss will be held twice in 2015. This group will be facilitated by two UNC Hospice grief counselors. No newcomers can join after the second week as each session builds on previous group work. Please contact Ann Ritter, Grief Counselor, (919-542-5545 or ) for further information about the...
Death Over Dinner
A Fearrington Cares Education Program
Wednesdays in April, 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Fearrington Cares Center. Our Nurse and Executive Director, Karen Metzguer, will be hosting an "unusual" set of dinners in April with a goal of helping residents understand choices about medical care at the end of life and how best to communicate your choices to loved ones. Few people want to have these conversations, which is why many people do not have more control over the way they live...
Now that the weather is finally warmer, the members of the Fearrington Tennis Association (FTA) are looking forward to many days of great play on our courts. We invite players of all abilities to join us for doubles on Saturday mornings at the tennis courts on Benchmark, weather permitting. Play begins at 9:00 am. So we can have a head count, please contact Dan Green (919-533-6194, ) if you plan to play on a forthcoming Saturday. The...
MEMBERSHIP SPECIAL ENDS SOON! Don't procrastinate. In a few weeks two unique membership incentives, available only during this membership drive, will be out of reach. First, new single-adult families can join for exactly the same price they paid when the pool opened in the 1980's for $250. Two-adult families will pay a slightly higher joining (initiation) fee than 1984, only $500. These initiation fees may be paid in two installments over 2015 and 2016. In addition to the joining fees, the...
Join us for our annual Spring Party at 12 noon on Wednesday, April 22 at The Gathering Place. There will be lots of good food and good bridge talk followed by good play. Our regular games are on the 1st, 8th, 22nd and 29th of April in The Gathering Place at 1:00 pm. On April 1st there will be a brief lesson starting at 12:30 PM. New and/or returning players of all levels are always welcome. For information call Carol Schachner at 919-533-3012. If you need a partner, please contact Meyer...
Wednesday, April 1, at 2:00 pm our annual tea to raise money for AAUW Opportunity Funds is being held at Extraordinary Ventures on Elliott Road, in Chapel Hill. Our author, Haven Kimmel, a New York Times' best-selling author, wrote "She Got Up Off the Couch." Tickets are $20. Please call Kay White in Fearrington for tickets at 919-542-1138.On Saturday, April 18, at 10:00 am our installation of officers and annual potluck lunch will follow speakers Emily Kass and Peg McGurk on the topic...
The Fearrington Film Club presents Dave, Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. The film is from 1993, PG-13, 110 minutes and with subtitles. Dave is a presidential look-alike who gets a part time job as a stand-in for the commander-in-chief. Dave's first big gig is to decoy the press and public after a dinner at a hotel, while the President sneaks upstairs for a tryst with a staffer – during which he is incapacitated by a stroke – and things get interesting. Film Club membership is $10 per year or $3...
Save the date for this wonderful event: Saturday, April 4 at 11:00 am at the playground by the
tennis courts. The rain date will be Sunday, April 5, at 12:00 pm.
The Annual Easter Egg Hunt for children 8 years and younger will be held on Saturday, April 4, at 11:00 am. The rain date will be Sunday, April 5, at 12:00 pm. Bring your basket and meet the Easter Bunny at the Fearrington Village Playground near the tennis courts. Enjoy refreshments with your parents and grandparents. Children over 8 are welcome to come at 9:30 and help hide eggs. Sponsored by the FHA, everyone is welcome at this traditional Fearrington spring event. For questions and to...
The Spring Yard Cleanup will be held from April 6th - April 10th. As always, your yard debris should be out at the curb by 7:00 am on Monday, April 6th. We do not know when your area will be collected. There are no do- overs. This is your only chance! Only bags or bundles will be picked up. Please note the following restrictions: All leaves must be in paper bags. Brush and limbs must be tied in bundles. No garbage should be included and no plastic bags will be accepted. Yard debris only! This...
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