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Does local government matter? You bet it does! If you care about the health and welfare of the citizens of Chatham County, our environment, development (including the impact of Chatham Park beyond the Pittsboro town limits), our property taxes, our schools, our environment, support for the arts, and other aspects of living in Chatham County, don't miss this opportunity to understand and appreciate the complexity of the issues facing your Commissioners.

Fearrington neighbor, Gus Reed, will describe the economic, social and cultural aspects of our county that make governing a challenge. Jim Crawford, Chair of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, and our own District 1 Representative Karen Howard, will discuss those challenges. Join us...

Assessing Your Risk of Falling

A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program

By appointment; call 919-542-6877. Have you been concerned about increased stumbling, difficulty changing positions or nearly falling in recent months? Fearrington Cares will now offer an "Assessment for Fall Risk" for Villagers who call the Center (919-542-6877) and schedule the assessment with Karen and Josh Cohen. The goal of this service, provided in your home, is to review factors that contribute to falling and offer information to share with your medical provider, which will assist you in being proactive in this important prevention effort.

Bystander CPR

A Fearrington Cares Health Services Program

For a person who has cardiac arrest outside of a hospital, the minutes before the paramedics arrive can mean life or death. People who witness the event can help but bystander CPR is done in less than half of all those cardiac arrests. Impressively, bystander CPR can double the survival rates of those who have sudden cardiac arrest.

We will be sponsoring bystander CPR training in February 2016. Please call the Fearrington Cares Center (919-542-6877) before December 10 to indicate your interest in obtaining the training; that will help us to plan these 2½ hour classes. Information about registration will be in the January newsletter.

The money collected during our Christmas Kettle Campaign goes to support services throughout the year, such as assistance with utilities, medicines, emergency lodging, and disaster assistance, to name a few. Last year, Salvation Army of Chatham County served over 3600 individuals. Salvation Army also has toy boxes in SunTrust at Galloway Ridge and in Fearrington Village. We hope you will donate an unwrapped toy. Toy boxes and coat collection boxes are at First Citizens Bank in Pittsboro and...

Most of the important content in the "Voluntary Emergency Contact Information Forms" collected for many years is now seriously out-of-date and would be extremely difficult to update. Therefore, in December and during the next year, we will be collecting these data again primarily by using a securely encrypted on-line form, which will allow residents to easily update their information anytime, especially on an annual cycle.
The form allows residents to identify individuals they wish to be...

Have fun and play duplicate bridge on Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 pm at The Gathering Place. On the first Wednesday of the month get a great lesson beginning at 12:30 PM. New and/or returning players of all levels are always welcome! For information call Phyllis Alexander at 919-533-6683 or email: . If you need a partner, please contact Meyer Liberman at 919-417-0674 or email:

Fall golf has been a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the yellows and reds of the landscape, as well as the challenge of finding wayward balls hiding under leaves. December offers the chance to end the year on a high note, perhaps like El Tremblay, once again shooting his age. So let's see you all on the course! December meeting is on Wednesday, December 2 at The Gathering place at 7:00 pm. Election of new officers is scheduled. All Fearrington and Galloway residents are invited. For membership...

Music Therapy at the Parkinson's Support Group

A Fearrington Cares Education Program

December 2, 11 a.m. at The Gathering Place. When was the last time you smiled and tapped your foot when you were in "therapy"? Alie Chandler provides music therapy for groups and individual sessions. She brings out the best in everyone, even if you think you don't have any musical talent. Alie is quick to adapt to the needs and interests of her clients. She often incorporates a guitar, keyboard or drums in...

On Thursday, December 3, at 7:00 pm in the Gathering Place the Film Club presents We're No Angels (1955). Humphrey Bogart, Aldo Ray and Peter Ustinov play three escaped inmates who hatch a plan to steal from a shopkeeper on Christmas. But their plans change when they find themselves actually growing to like their target and his family. Besides, the luckless merchant is apparently about to lose his shirt, as his business is unraveling. So, instead of robbing him, the convicts decide to help him...

Please join us for a friendly game of Scrabble. We are a social group of Fearrington and Galloway Ridge players at all skill levels. Beginners are welcome. All you need is interest in and love of the game. We meet on the first and third Thursdays every month at 1:00 pm in the Players' Lounge at Galloway Ridge. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Karen Merrey at or 919-533-5756.

The CCL Book Club meets the first Tuesday at 6:45 pm, and first Thursday at 1:00 pm at the Library. Join us at any meeting! December: Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry. January: Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Some other groups meeting at your library in December: Spanish Book Club, French Conversation Group, Pittsboro MS Self Help Group, and the Common Thread Needle Arts Group. Genealogy assistance and e-reader assistance are...

No meeting in December. Enjoy the holidays. Don't forget to pick up your poinsettias on December 5, 9:00 to 11:00 am, at 14 Macon (garage). We look forward to the luncheon on January 19, 2016 and a talk with experts at Southern States about what you can grow with limited space in your garden and patio. Also, there will be tips for spring garden readiness. Information: Mary Hancock , 919-533-6577 or

The23rd annual Chatham Open Studio Tour will take place December 5 and 6 and 12 and 13 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The following Fearrington artists will be on the Tour: #25 Carol Owen, #26 Forrest Greenslade, #27 Reynold Maher, #28 Kim Werfel, #30 Vidabeth Bensen, #31 Roy Lindholm. Meet all the artists at the opening reception at Chatham Mills December 4, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tour brochures are available throughout the Village and at your mail kiosks.

On Saturday, December 5 at 10:00 am The American Association of University Women (AAUW) will host Dr. Christina L Williams, professor in Duke University's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, who will speak on Neuroplasticity: How food and fitness boost your Memory. The event will be held at the Carolina Room at Carol Woods Retirement Community on Weaver Dairy Road. Coffee starts at 10:00 and the lecture will begin at 10:30 am. The public is welcome and the event is FREE. For further...

Presents a concert on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 pm at The Gathering Place. Please join us for a fun-filled concert as The String Peddlers returns to bring cheer and song to our stage. The String Peddlers is an acoustic band from Raleigh, NC. They play an eclectic mix that ranges from blues to reggae, from calypso to folk. We may hear a mandolin, harmonica, strumsticks and even calimba (and, of course, guitars!) Without missing a beat, they can jump from Johnny Cash to Jimmy Reed to The...

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