Carrboro Farmersâ€™ Market – Sat 7am-12pm through Dec 22; Wed 3:30-6:30pm through Oct 17. 932-1641, carrborofarmersmarket.com
Southern Village Farmersâ€™ Market – Thu 4-7pm through Aug 30 at Market Street on the Village Green.
Hillsborough Farmersâ€™ Market – Wed 3-6pm; Sat 7:30am-noon. Apr-Nov. 732-8315.
Fearrington Village Farmersâ€™ Market – Tue 4pm through Nov 20. 8 miles south of Chapel Hill on US 15-501, Fearrington Village, Chapel Hill. 542-4000, chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/fearrington.html
Pittsboro Farmersâ€™ Market – Thu 3:30-6:30pm through Nov 29. Chatham County Fairgrounds, Pittsboro. chatham.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms/pittsboro.html
Saxapahaw Farmersâ€™ Market – Sat 5-8pm through Aug 25. On the hill over the river, Saxapahaw, Chapel Hill. rivermillvillage.com
Fundraisers and Benefits
Save the Carrboro Greenspace – 10.5 acres that house the ReCYCLEry, the WITT, community events, projects & exhibits are under threat as the owners of the land attempt to sell the property to the highest bidder. Once sold, the land could be developed, built upon & closed off to the public. Come show support for our space! Sat, Aug 4, 5:30pm. Free. 116 Old Pittsboro Rd, Carrboro. 951-5200 or 225-3433, carrborogreenspace.org
Andrew Perry Racecar Benefit – Sun, Aug 12, 4-8pm. Blue Bayou Club, 106 S Churton St, Hillsborough. 732-2555, bluebayouclub.com
Summertime Used Book Sale – The Carrboro Cybraryâ€™s summertime book sale continues until Aug 21.Â Help us promote Cybrary services to Orange County and pick up a great Mystery read at the same time! Call 918-7387 or email email@example.com for more info.
Cookout – Come out and support Internationalist Books. Thu, Aug 23, 6pm. Weaver Street Market, 101 E Weaver St, Carrboro. 929-0010, weaverstreetmarket.com
Equine Extravaganza – Horse Expo. Experience the beauty, grace & majesty of horses presented in a 2-hr evening performance. Aug 3-5, Raleigh. Limited seating; visit equineextravaganza.com for full details.
Karen Knitters & Weavers – The Karen ethnic group from the mountains of Burma is known for their intricate woven bags, sarongs, scarves & wedding attire. Come watch them work. Sat, Aug 4 & Sat, Aug 18 at 10am. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, artscenterlive.org
Guilford Native American Association Pow-Wow – Dressed in traditional clothing, the Guilford Native American Association presents a series of authentic dances including a special interactive friendship dance with the audience. Wed, Aug 15, 7:30-9:30pm. $3/person, $8/family or group. 918-7364. Carrboro Century Center, 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro. 918-7385.
Reform, Reconstruction & Redemption – The Northern Impulse to Save the South. Explores an intellectual & cultural phenomenon that extends from the abolition of slavery to the Civil Rights era of the 1960s & public health initiatives of the 1960s & 70s. Through Aug 31. UNC Campus: Wilson Library, 201 South Rd., Chapel Hill.
Nature Tales – Story Time at the Garden – Kids ages 4 & 5 gather around in the Botanical Garden to share stories about nature.Â Every Thursday at 10am; outing & activity afterward. Children must be accompanied by an adult; no more than 3 children per adult please. $5 per family.
ComedySportz 4 Kidz â€“ Games & improv for kids 12 & under. Saturdays at 5pm. DSI Comedy Theater, Carr Mill Mall, Carrboro. $10; students $8. 338-8150, dsicomedytheater.com
Fishing for Kids – Tie knots, cast a line, catch a fish. Ages 5-15. Sat, Aug 18, 9am-1pm. Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ocmo/home.html
Inside Art: The World Inside the Frame – Works that let children & families explore art from inside the frame. Through Aug 26. Kidzu Childrenâ€™s Museum, 105 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill. Tue-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1-5pm. $4 ages 2+; memberships available. 933-1455, kidzuchildrensmuseum.org
Painting for Children Exhibit – Friends of the Pittsboro Memorial Library Gallery present â€œPainting for Children.â€ A celebration of play, whimsy, laughter & fun as seen through the eyes of North Carolinaâ€™s talented childrenâ€™s book authors and illustrators. Aug 10 thru the end of the month. Reeves Gallery, Pittsboro Memorial Library.
Be an Animal Detective – Ages 7+ & parents. Come out to the park & learn how to look for signs, scats & tracks on a short hike. Sat, Aug 25, 2pm. Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/enri/home.html
Weaver Street Market – Jazz & more! Summertime fun for all ages. Sunday brunch, every Sunday 11am-1pm; Thursday nights, every Thurs 6-8pm. On the lawn at Weaver Street Market, Carrboro.
Tai-Chi Practice – Sponsored by Friends of the Poetâ€™s Walk. Saturdays, 9am. Free. Poetâ€™s Walk, Ayr Mount, Hillsborough. 732-1891, savepoetswalk.com
Dragonfly Hike – Sat, Aug 4 & Sat, Aug 18, 10am. Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ocmo/home.html
Life Around the Pond – A short hike. Sun, Aug 5, 10am. Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ocmo/home.html
Evening Sights & Sounds – A short hike around the pond. Fri, Aug 10, 8:15pm. Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ocmo/home.html
Geology Hike – See what geological wonders can be found at the mountain. Sat, Aug 25, 2pm. Occoneechee Mountain, Hillsborough. 383-1686, ils.unc.edu/parkproject/visit/ocmo/home.html
Coker Arboretum Tours – Meet at the stone gathering circle near the center of the arbor for a guided tour of the century-old arboretum. 3rd Sat of every month, 11am. Free. UNC Campus: Coker Arboretum, Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill. 962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu/coker.htm
NC Botanical Garden Guided Tours â€“ Meet at the stone gathering circle in front of the Totten Center. Every Sat, 10-11am. 962-0522, ncbg.unc.edu
Ronald McDonald House – Seeking volunteers for tasks around the house for families & community service projects. 913-2040, chapelhillrmh.net
Best Buddies Companion Rescue & Adoption – A group of pet foster homes & volunteers in Pittsboro. Visit their website to learn about fostering & make a donation to support rescue efforts in the Triangle & in communities of need, including those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Best Buddies Companion Rescue & Adoption, 184 Winthrop Rd, Pittsboro. 882-0001, bbcra.org
PFLAGâ€™s Monthly – Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays meets in Chapel Hill for confidential support, education & advocacy. 1st Thursday of every month, 7:30pm. United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill. 942-3540, www.pflagtriangle.org
Free Health Class – Health Info for Seniors. Wed, Aug 1, 7-8pm at the Carrboro Cybrary. Registration required. For more info, call the Cybrary at 918-7387, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit lib.unc.edu/instruct/community_workshops
Jade Silk – A Talk on Jade & the Jade Culture of China. Sat, Aug 11, 2pm. Orange County Public Library, 300 W Tryon St, Hillsborough. 245-2525, co.orange.nc.us/library
Private Eyes – Three Blind Mice Productions (NC college students). Written by Steven Dietz, directed by Talia Lliteras. $8; students $6. Aug 2-4, 8pm. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, artscenterlive.org
The Man Who Came to Dinner – One Song Productions. An eccentric 1930s radio personality makes a visit to a small Ohio town. Thu, Aug 9 & Fri, Aug 10 at 8pm; Sat, Aug 11, 3 & 8pm. $10. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, artscenterlive.org
Giant Puppet Show – A Shoe For Your Foot. Live performance featuring handmade masks, stilts, cardboard creations & shadows. Outdoors, set to live music. $10; great fun for all ages. Aug 10-Sept 3. UNC Campus: Forest Theater, 300 S Boundary St, Chapel Hill. paperhand.org
Tango â€“ Fri, Aug 17, 8pm. Join the Triangle Tango Society for free tango lessons. Open Eye CafÃ©, 101 S Greensboro St, Carrboro. 968-9410, openeyecafe.com.
Free Style – Carrboro Dance Jam with eclectic music by DJ Rovnitsky. 1st & 3rd Fridays, 7:30-10:30pm. $5-8, 698-8776. Balanced Movement Studio, 304 W Weaver St, Carrboro, 942-0240, balanced-movement.com.
Books Sandwiched In – Wrongful Executions by Sister Helen Prejean. Wed, Aug 1, 11:30am. Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill. 968-2777, chapelhillpubliclibrary.org
Adult Book Club – Join us the 2nd Thursday of every month to discuss & recommend favorite books new & old with members of the local community. Cedar Grove Branch Library, 5800 NC Hwy 86 N, Hillsborough. 732-9211, co.orange.nc.us/library/cedargrove
Contemporary Fiction Club – Meets monthly to discuss recent works of fiction; new members always welcome. For more info, call the Cybrary at 918-7387 or email email@example.com. Next meeting: Mon, Aug 20, 7pm. Join us in our discussion of The No. 1 Ladiesâ€™ Detective Agency series.
Carrboreaders Non-Fiction Group – Meets quarterly to discuss non-fiction works on a variety of subjects; new members always welcome. For more info, call the Cybrary at 918-7387 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Next meeting: Tue, Aug 28, 7pm. Join the authors for a discussion of Midnight Assassin: Murder in Americaâ€™s Heartland. UNC Law professor Patricia Bryan and local writer Tom Wolf will be on hand to talk about this historical whodunit.
Literary Readings/Open Mic
Hoppieâ€™s Church of Poetry – Wed, Aug 1, 7:30pm. The Cave, 452 1/2 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 968-9308, caverntavern.com
The Transcended Christian – Read by Daniel Helminiak. Wed, Aug 8, 7pm. Internationalist Books, 405 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill. 942-1740, internationalistbooks.org
My Sisterâ€™s Keeper – Read by Bill Benners. Wed, Aug 15, 7pm. The ArtsCenter, 300-G E Main St, Carrboro. 929-2787, artscenterlive.org
Open Mic – For poetry, music & short fiction. Tuesdays, 7pm, Market Street Books & Maps, Southern Village. 610 Market St, Chapel Hill. 933-5111, marketstreetbooks.com