For students stuck in Chapel Hill over Fall Break, local schools and organizations are offering opportunities to do something more than just sit in their rooms.
From dunking booths to dog shows to baklava, there is plenty to do in Chapel Hill this weekend, even if campus is a little barren.
For starters, the Public School Foundation is sponsoring a Walk for Education on Saturday, which will benefit Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
"This is really a great event to build school spirit," said Carolyn Epstein, executive director of the foundation.
The walk starts at 3 p.m. The starting point will be McCorkle Place and it will stretch 1.4 miles to Lincoln Center, which is located on Merritt Mill Road.
At Lincoln Center, there will be a party for the walkers with food, face painting, a band and a dunking booth. The party will end around 5 p.m. Some public school students will be taking pledges for walking to raise money for their schools, Epstein said. "(The money from the walk) is really nice because it doesn't have to go through any bureaucracy," Epstein said. "Eighty-five percent of what they raise goes directly back to the schools."
The rest will cover the cost of the festivities, Epstein said.
For those interested in Greek culture, East Chapel Hill High, on Weaver Dairy Road, will be hosting a Greek Festival, sponsored by the St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church of Durham this weekend. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Red Cross of Durham and Orange counties, a classics department scholarship at East Chapel Hill High and the St. Barbara's church building fund.
The festival will feature Greek music and dancers. "The public gets up and dances with the dancers and they absolutely love it," said Jeannie Balafas, advertising chairwoman of the festival organizing committee.
There will also be food, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts and a silent auction. The festival will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For children aged four to 14 who want to show off their pet pooches, Carrboro will host a Kid's Dog Show at 1 p.m. Saturday at Henry Anderson Park. Children participating must sign up by Friday at the Carrboro Recreational and Parks Department, and the event is open to all residents.
"Kids can show any breed," said Carol Rosemond, recreation superintendent. "But the dogs have to be six months old and have their shots."
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