Tuesday, March 24, 2015

April is Autism Awareness Month--Special Presentation on Autism by Duke's Dr. Geraldine Dawson on April 9th

In recognition of April as
We invite you to join us for a special presentation

Austism Spectrum Disorders:
What do we know? Where are we heading?

Facilitated by Dr. Geraldine Dawson
Professor and Director, Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development

Join us for a night of learning about Autism Spectrum Disorders while enjoying a few slices of pizza!
This event is sponsored by the Family Advocacy Network (FAN), a program at Mental Health America of the Triangle (MHAT), and is offered free of charge. Donations are appreciated to help offset expenses.

Dr. Dawson will provide an overview of the current state of science on risk factors, early detection, and treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders and discuss future directions in the autism research.  
Dr. Dawson is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development at Duke University. She is President-Elect of the International Society for Autism Research and previously served as Chief Science Officer for Autism Speaks, the nation's largest science and advocacy organization. She is a licensed practical clinical psychologist and scientist whose research has focused on early detection, early intervention and brain development in children with Autism.


APRIL 9, 2015
From 6:00 to 7:30pm
Dinner served from 5:30-6:00pm.


1712 Willow Drive
Chapel Hill, NC

Seating is limited. Register today!
Deadline to register is Monday, April 6th.

To Register, click HERE

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Volunteers needed for Read Across Durham on March 23rd

Join the Durham County Library on Monday March 23 to …
Read Across Durham: A Celebration of S.T.E.A.M. Literacy
Volunteers are needed to read Fantastic Mr. Fox to ALL DPS third grade classes on Monday, March 23. Volunteers will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the DPS Staff Development Center located at 2107 Hillandale Rd., Durham. There will be a demo reading and a presentation on family literacy before we go to the schools. Light breakfast will be available. Volunteers will need their own transportation to the schools.  The day will be complete at 11:30.

Read Across Durham is an easy and fulfilling  volunteer activity to share your love of reading with 3rd graders.  Sign up at the link www.volunteersignup.org/EEDJP and share with those you know.

Durham Arts Council Children's Festival at Northgate Mall on Saturday, March 21st

Saturday is the Arts Council's annual Children's Festival at Northgate Mall--art and fun activities, entertainment, and more!


For more information and schedules, go to...

Monday, March 16, 2015

Financial Aid Seminar April 19th at the Chapel Hill Public Library

Understanding College Financial Aid:  Demystifying the Process and Maximizing Eligibility 

Sunday, April 19, 1:15 - 3 pm 

Chapel Hill Public Library - Meeting Room C
100 Library Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
 Cost: $20/person or $25/family due to confirm registration.

Register HERE

Topics include:
• Comparing funding sources to pay for college
• Comparison of savings accounts and investment vehicles and their effect on aid eligibility
• Types of aid – merit-based and need-based
• Calculation of ‘need’
• Cost of Attendance (COA) and Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
• Strategies to improve aid eligibility and To Do List

Participants should leave with an understanding of the mechanics of the financial aid process, awareness of important dates and inspiration to use tools to evaluate your family's situation and take action.  

While the presentation may seem most appropriate for families with students considering college soon, parents of younger children are strongly encouraged to attend.  There are important benefits to educating yourself and taking a quick look at the financial side of the college process as early as elementary or middle school age. 

About the presenter, Libby Searles-Bohs, Consultant 
I am a parent with one child in college and a second attending high school. I bring together fifteen years of tax preparation work, four years of assisting clients as a Daily Money Manager, and financial aid trainings with the Director of the College Foundation of North Carolina Steve Brooks and Davidson College's Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Christopher Gruber. This blend of perspectives allows me to bridge the divide between the complex world of financial aid and each family's unique situation.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

NCCU School of Business hosts Summer Academy for Rising 10th, 11th and 12th Graders--A unique free opportunity

This is the fifth year that NCCU School of Business will host a special Summer Academy for high performing high school Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors. This year’s academy will feature a two-week fully immersed collegiate residential program focusing on the Business of Hospitality and Tourism.  The academy begins on June 14th and will conclude on the 26th.  

The Academy is an amazing opportunity geared for high achieving minority youth and is essentially free of charge with the exception of a refundable $100 deposit. Applications are being accepted now.  
Visit www.nccu.edu/business/summer-academy for detailed information about the academy.  

Thursday, March 5, 2015

T3 Basketball Summer Camp and Clinics for Kids

We've received some good reviews of Coach Holton and his basketball clinics and camps.  Check this out if your kiddo loves basketball.  The costs are reasonable. They focus on building solid basketball fundamentals and on maintaining healthy and active lifestyle.



Sunday, March 1, 2015

Morehead Planetarium STEMville Science Symposium on April 25th

Morehead’s Stemville Science Symposium is a one day science conference for 4th-7th graders that will be held on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. 

The conference will feature a light breakfast reception in the Rotunda, keynote address in the GSK Fulldome Theatre featuring Dr. Chris Emdin, (#HipHopEd; Science Genius; http://chrisemdin.com), and breakout science enrichment and learning sessions facilitated by undergraduate and graduate students from UNC. The morning will be filled with local high school volunteers assisting the conference participants. 

Date:     Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time:     8:30 am ­to 12:30 pm
Cost:      $25 per student participant (non-refundable)*

Registration:      March 2 – April 3, 2015 (online only ­ online credit card payments or mail-in check/money order payments accepted. Deadline for mail-in payments is Friday, March 20). Registration information can be found atwww.moreheadplanetarium.org under Around The State.

Junior Fire Marshall Program for Ages 11-15 over Spring Break

Students ages 11-15 have the opportunity to do something exciting and educational for Spring Break.  The Durham Fire Department and the City of Durham’s Parks and Recreation Department team up annually to present The Jr. Fire Marshal program. 
The program is offered during the Durham Public School spring break and allows participants to explore different careers in the fire service industry and other careers within the City of Durham while learning to become safety ambassadors for the community. 


During the four-day period, participants will learn about fire safety, character building, and personal development through hands-on activities, field trips and team building exercises.
The 2015 program theme is “Service to Community”
This year’s program begins Monday, March 30 – Thursday, April 2 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Pick-up and drop off each day will take place at Lyon Park Recreation Center.

Students must apply to attend, go to http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/Fire/Pages/Jr-Fire-Marshal-Program.aspx for more information about the program and for an application.