The Twentieth Annual Community Dinner was Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 1 PM in the McDougle School Cafetorium, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd. in Chapel Hill. The Community Dinner is a community building event, crossing economic, racial, religious and ethnic barriers and presenting a wealth of wonderful, culturally diverse food and entertainment from our own community. In 2014 The Community Dinner was a winner of a National League of Cities Award for Cultural Diversity.
A large number of the tickets for the dinner are distributed to people who might not otherwise be able to afford to attend. You can feed a family of four with a $22 donation by giving online today! First, create an account on the Orange County website. Then go to the donate page. Under "Select a Fund" in the dropdown menu, scroll down and select "Community Dinner."
We have three levels of support for the dinner, Platinum at $500, Gold at $200, and Silver at $100. We have placemat ads available to local merchants who would like to support the dinner. This year we have a raffle with loads of great prizes from local businesses. Raffle ticket prices are $1 apiece or 3 for $2.
Tickets are $8.00 for adults & $3.00 for kids and are available at Mama Dip's Kitchen, Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, Carrboro Cybrary in the Century Center, Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle Middle School, Townsend Bertram Company in Carr Mill, and FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill. We will have a limited number available at the door.
Mildred Council from Mama Dip's Kitchen coordinates the menu and, along with the Carolina Inn, provides the Dinner's main courses. In addition, many local restaurants and churches donate side dishes and desserts to complete the feast. This gives attendees the opportunity to taste food from our many community partners who contributed dishes, all in one place.
Displays in the corridor leading to the Cafetorium offer information from groups partnering with the Dinner, explaining who they are and what they do to make our community a better place.
Again this year Orange County Solid Waste coordinated making the event a Zero Waste Community Event (95% composted or recycled) with all of our dinnerware made from compostable materials.
In addition to financial support and food donations, we are always seeking volunteers to help prepare for the dinner, including advance and day of preparations, so keep us in mind if you have some time you can give us for the next dinner. You will meet some great folks!
Ron Stutts, morning show host at 1360 AM and 97.9 FM WCHL/Chapelboro, and Aurora Boyer were our Emcees.
This summer will mark Ron's 40th. year since first opening the mic at WCHL. Ron's "The Music in My Head" is published each weekday on the website www.chapelboro.com. He shares some great tunes, not only on the radio, but on social media as well.
Aurora Boyer came to Chapel Hill from Mexico City in 1987. Her original career was focused on biological sciences, but her current work field is Education, having worked for many years as a Montessori educator. She worked for some years as the Latino community liaison for the Carrboro Branch Library. Presently, she is part of the Orange County Head Start/Early Head Start, working as the coordinator of their Home Based program option. She have two marvelous children and enjoys reading and exercising every day.
Ray Falk is an amateur cellist with 3 degrees from UNC-CH, who returned to the area in 2009, and works in the area of machine learning "Concentrating Prospects for Action."
Easy Dance Group
Easy Dance Group started last year in Chapel Hill. Now, we have two groups. One is senior group (65 years old and above) and the other young senior group (50 – 65 years old). The senior group currently have about 20 people and young senior group have 17 people. The purpose of our groups is to promote Chinese culture through dancing, and at same time, exercising, and making friends.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, NC. For over fifteen years they have been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music and so much more!
Their shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. They create extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.
The purpose of the group Takiri Folclor Latino is to share the Latino culture through music. The group is a Latin-American family sharing values, culture and enjoyment trough the dance, and performing dances from all Latino America. We have children since 3 years old to adults from different nationalities including Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, United States, and France.
Blame It On My Youth is a premier youth jazz orchestra offering committed young musicians the opportunity to play and perform big band and combo music with some of the best teen players in the area. This audition based orchestra consists of horns and rhythm section, meets weekly on Sundays for rehearsals, and is open to teens in 6th-12th grades. BIOMY performs a range of jazz and popular styles, including scripted and improvised solos. This organization uses jazz music to teach excellence in musicianship, performance and conduct. Players should be able to read music on their instrument, practice it on their own, and attend regular rehearsals.