Social Programs Update: New Cooking Class Location!


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Good afternoon Arc Chefs!  We are looking forward to our new cooking class location!  Here are all the updates, if you use EZ Rider have them pick you up at end of class at 2:35 pm:

OUR DEAR CHEF SHERRY: will be on a European Holiday till mid-October (she will share all her recipes from the countries she is visiting!)

DAY/TIME:  Tuesdays 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

PLACE: Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Roberson Street, CH, 27516 (right up the street from the Arc, off of Rosemary Street)


9/9 – Mexican Fiesta with Chef Susan

9/16 – Meals on Wheels with Chef Linnette (Air popped popcorn treats)

9/23 – Planting and Picnicking at the HOPE Gardens (2200 Homestead Road, Chapel Hill)

9/30  Head Chefs Linnette

TEAM LEADERS: Table A/Henrietta; Table B/Cynthia; Table C/Zakira

October classes will feature Arc participants as Chefs-of-the-Day

Please be prepared to help set up the tables and chairs.  Please be prepared to help with clean-up, washing dishes.

***Be on the look-out for upcoming event*  Since we will need to provide all our own cookware, pots, pans, utensils, etc. we are going to plan a fundraiser raising money and gently used kitchen items for class, all will be gratefully appreciated.

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September 23, 2014 6pm-8:30pm: Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities Listening Session

DHHS Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services to attend listening session for NC IDD services

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is working to create a better way to provide services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) and needs your help.

In effort to inform the State, please join Alliance Behavioral Healthcare as we welcome Dave Richard, Deputy Secretary of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Services, to Creedmoor Baptist Church, 6001 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh, North Carolina.  Dave will talk briefly about IDD services and the direction that North Carolina is headed in, but the most important reason for his attendance is to hear from you

Please come prepared to talk about your experiences, suggestions and concerns. 

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Orange County Introduces New Transit Service to Durham


ORANGE COUNTY, NC (August 26, 2014)—The Orange County Planning & Inspections Department is announcing a new weekday express service available to residents and commuters.

The Orange-Durham Express (ODX) is free to customers through Friday, September 19, and then the one-way fare will cost $3.00, beginning on Monday, September 22.

The ODX will serve Hillsborough, Duke University Hospital and Durham VA Medical Center, and the downtown Durham Station. There will be three pick-ups and drop offs, during the morning and afternoon commute.

In Hillsborough, the ODX park-and-ride location will be at the North Hills Shopping Center, located at Highway 70 and North Churton Street.

Triangle Transit begins seven-day service on these routes:      

Route 100 - serving RDU International Airport
Route 400 - serving Durham, New Hope Commons and Chapel Hill
Route 700 - serving Durham and the Regional Transit Center on Slater Road
Route 800 - serving Chapel Hill, Southpoint and the Regional Transit Center

Sunday service will run from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Saturday service is being extended to 11:00 p.m. Other routes are being adjusted to improve on-time performance.

The expanded service in Durham and Orange Counties is paid for in part by the voter approved one-half cent sales tax for transit.

Schedules for the ODX and expanded routes are available online at  Customers can also call the GoTriangle Regional Transit Information Center at 919.485.RIDE (7433).

For more information, please contact Peter Murphy  at 919.245.2002 or Brad Schulz at Triangle Transit at 919.485.7434 or

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Adapted Recreation and Inclusion Programs

Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation

Adapted Recreation and Inclusion programs Fall 2014

Here’s a synopsis of what we’ll be offering in the Fall. You can view the complete class descriptions online in the first week of September. Residents of Chapel Hill or Orange County can register beginning September 8. Residents of other counties can register starting September 22. See reduction information or contact our office at 919 968-2784.information on fee reductions for some programs for Chapel Hill or Orange County residents.

These programs are specifically for people with special needs/disabilities. If you have questions about classes offered through Adapted Recreation or want to discuss inclusion in any Parks & Recreation program, please contact Marian Kaslovsky at 919-968-2813 or

Acting is Awesome! 3 separate classes: Ages 6 to 22 $131 R, $151 NR

In Acting is Awesome! Young people will share their interests with peers, and contribute their ideas in creating either improvised scenes or by performing short plays.

Participants must have some reciprocal social skills and be able to follow simple directions.

This class supports the creative gifts and abilities of youth on the Autism spectrum and others with mild to moderate developmental challenges. Instructor Amy Elliott, PhD is a Registered Drama Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). For more information contact Amy at (919)724-1002 or No fee reduction through Parks & Recreation for this program. Advanced registration required. Pay instructor the full fee at the first class (cash or check made out to instructor).

Chapel Hill Public Library Saturday Mornings Two sessions: Late Sept. to mid-Oct. and late Oct. to mid-Nov. Ages 6 to 11; Ages 12 to 15; Ages 16 to 22

Adapted Aquatics Ages 5 to 22 $38R, $46 NR

For children and teens with disabilities who are beginner or advanced-beginner swimmers. Emphasis individualized: developing confidence & independence in the water, stroke development, water safety, etc. Volunteers assist participants in practicing what the instructor teaches. Parent must remain on the pool deck.

Homestead Aquatic Center Wednesday evenings, 6:30–7:15 p.m. or 7:30–8:15 p.m.

September 24 – Nov. 19 (No class Oct. 15).

Parent/Child Adapted Aquatics Ages 3-6 and 6-10 $20 R, $27 NR

Here's an opportunity to learn fun ways to assist your young child with special needs in the water. Class will include water games, water exercises and steps to learning to swim. Small group size assures that each parent/child team will get some individualized instruction.

Homestead Aquatics Center Saturday mornings, two sections of 4 classes: 4 in Oct. and/or 4 in Nov.

Friday Fun Night Ages 2 and older with parent. Free drop-in program (no registration needed).

Play board games, make crafts, shoot baskets in the gym, climb the climbing wall, swim awhile and join us for a snack. Non-disabled siblings and friends of all ages are always welcome. Minors and others who might need focused supervision should bring an adult family member or staff person.

Chapel Hill Community Center First Friday of each month except January. 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Specialized Games Night Ages 13 to 25 $5 R, $6 NR Teens and young adults with mild to moderate disabilities can enjoy an evening of games and socializing. During this casual, early evening program, we’ll play board games, old and new. Bring your games from home as well. Together, we’ll order pizza for those who want to chip in (No $10’s or $20’s please, only smaller bills). Bring your own dinner if you prefer. Participants must function on a 1:4 level and be self-sufficient with personal needs. Registration Deadline: prior Friday, Noon. Hargraves Community Ctr. 4th Sun. of each month 5-7 p.m.

Sibshop Ages 8 to 13, Free with ongoing advance registration. Contact Beth Hutson at (919) 667-1067 for more info or to register. Sibshops give brothers & sisters of children with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed recreational setting, giving them the chance to explore feelings in creative, light & fun ways. Co-sponsored with Goodwill Community Foundation’s Family Support Services.

Hargraves Community Center 2nd Saturday of most months 3-5:30 p.m. (9/13 at Chapel Hill Library.

Additional opportunities may be added during the season! To receive announcements of activities through the Adapted Recreation program: Please let me know the age of your family member with disability so I can send you the appropriate announcements.

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A Message of Thanks to UNC's Pi Kappa Phi Brothers

We, at The Arc, wish to thank our UNC Pi Kappa Phi brothers for their continued commitment and support to those of all abilities. 


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A Note to our Outstanding HOPE Gardens Volunteers!

A photo of Arc volunteer, Bessy, working away on The Arc's garden plot at HOPE Gardens. Thank you, so very much, to all those who help make our garden possible!

  • Check out our HOPE Gardens blog, here!
  • Contact The Arc's Director of Volunteer Services, Susan Chandler, at to volunteer!
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Volunteer Spotlight with Foster's Market General Manager/Owner, Sera Cuni



 (Above): Foster's Market; GM/Co-owner, Sera Cuti


The Arc of Orange County NC had the pleasure of interviewing the co-owner, and GM, Sera Cuni, of Chapel Hill's powerhouse of local goodies, food, coffee, and small event-hostings: Foster's Market on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, which sits just a few blocks from the town's renowned Franklin Street. 

The Arc's volunteer/social program, Petals with a Purpose, donates flowers to Foster's Market, so we wanted to interview Sera to ask her some questions with regard to her past experiences working with the Arc, in addition to some information about her background, leading up to Foster's.

Here is the interview:

  • Where are you from, originally? I have lived all over - from to Connecticut, Florida, California, Vermont and Massachusetts.  
  • How did you end up in Chapel Hill? I followed my parents down from Connecticut after getting tired of all the snow
  • How did you come to own Foster's Market? I have worked at Foster's for 9.5 years, and about 2 years ago, Sara Foster offered to sell it to me and my partner. It was a no-brainer; we jumped at the opportunity to own a Chapel Hill landmark.
  • How has it changed your life? It hasn't changed my life at all... except, now, I can help the community more.
  • Where, in your eyes, does Foster's Market fit in to our community? We are a place were all walks of life seem to meet and congregate. We plan on doing more community involvement and helping.
  • How long has The Arc been giving flowers to Foster's through its Petals for a Purpose program? We have probably have been reviving the flowers for a year and half. How did this start? Susan Chandler, the Arc's Director of Volunteer Opportunities, told us about it and we were interested.
  • What impact, if any, has Petals with a Purpose flowers had on you, your impression of The Arc, and your customers? People always ask if the flowers are really free; when we tell them yes, it makes people very happy.We have had people use them for Valentine's Day, hospital visits, and just 'cause they will make someone happy.
  • Anything you'd like to stay to the staff/volunteers/participants who work in the Petals with a Purpose program to help bring these flowers to Foster's each week? We really love the flowers every week. We pick our favorites and hope they go to good homes. We really appreciate them and all that everyone does to get them done and out to people
Thanks so much for the interview, Sera! The Arc of Orange loves having the opportunity to work with Foster's Market, too!
Check out the Foster's Market site, online, here!
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