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Contra dancing provides fun Friday night entertainment

By Mary Stewart Robins Carrboro Commons Staff Writer & Videographer Live Old-Time fiddle music and vibrant enthusiasm filled the Carrboro Century Center’s Century Hall on Friday Nov. 19, as beginners and dancing enthusiasts donned their clean dancing shoes for a monthly contra dance. (And Carrboro Commons reporter-videographer Mary Stewart Robins was there to capture the fun.) Every third Friday of… Read more →

Magazine gives homeless a voice in community

Magazine gives homeless a voice in community

By Stephanie Bullins Carrboro Commons Staff Writer They’re familiar faces, passed every day. They’re homeless, and they’re often ignored. But they’re also writers and artists, defining their own voices. Talking Sidewalks, a magazine published online and in print twice a year, gives homeless men and women in Chapel Hill a voice through the publication of their prose, poetry and artwork…. Read more →

Internationalist Books stays true to its radical roots

Internationalist Books stays true to its radical roots

By Gloria Lloyd Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Internationalist Books and Community Center, located on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill, is an independent, nonprofit cooperative and alternative bookstore that has served as a hub for social activism and grassroots organizing for the past three decades. Internationalist Books is often described as a “radical” bookstore, a description that its volunteers and… Read more →

Seats packed at the fifth annual Carrboro Film Festival

Seats packed at the fifth annual Carrboro Film Festival

By Meredith Sammons Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The seats were packed in Century Hall on Nov. 21 for the fifth annual Carrboro Film Festival. The all-day event entertained viewers from 1 to 7 p.m. with 28 short films and an after party at nearby bar  The Station. “I’m happy,” said Jackie Helvey, co-founder of the Carrboro Film Festival and Town… Read more →

Bolin Creek Greenway project stalled

Bolin Creek Greenway project stalled

By Mary Withers and Stephanie Bullins Carrboro Commons Co-editor and Staff Writer More than a year after concept plans for the Bolin Creek Greenway were finalized, contentious debate about the project continues. Disagreement between the local advocacy group, Save Bolin Creek, and proponents of the project has slowed further work on the final phases of the Greenway. Thus, Carrboro Transportation… Read more →

Carrboro promotes healthy lifestyles

Carrboro promotes healthy lifestyles

By Mary Stewart Robins Carrboro Commons Staff Writer Is Carrboro a healthy and active town? Folks in Carrboro seem to think so, but the state has given the town some extra cash to further encourage healthy lifestyles. Carrboro was awarded a $24,900 grant to promote healthy environments and active lifestyles and influence state policies concerning these issues.   The money will… Read more →

Carrboro food truck showcase

Diversity on display in first food truck showcase

By Gloria Lloyd Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The diversity of Carrboro’s mobile food scene was on display at the town’s first food truck showcase, held in the parking lot of Al’s Garage on the corner of Merritt Mill Road and Franklin Street on Saturday, Nov. 6. The showcase featured three local food trucks from Carrboro:   Mexican taco truck Captain Poncho’s… Read more →

UNC-CH student creates program to assist police

UNC-CH student creates program to assist police

By Dean Drescher Carrboro Commons Co-Editor Ahna Hendrix knows where she wants to use her voice. Hendrix, 28, is starting La Voz (the Spanish word for “voice”) — a volunteer-based Spanish-language translation service that will assist both the Carrboro and Chapel Hill police departments. She became fluent in Spanish after spending time traveling through Central America. Much of that time… Read more →

Carrboro Film Festival is bigger and better

Carrboro Film Festival is bigger and better

By Meredith Sammons Carrboro Commons Staff Writer The Carrboro Film Festival will celebrate its fifth annual collection of short films in Carrboro’s downtown Century  Center on Nov. 21, 2010. In its fifth year, the festival serves as a platform for filmmakers to share their art with the town of Carrboro. Along with viewing films, attendees will be able to purchase… Read more →