‘Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity’
Dr. Edward Slingerland will talk about his new book, “Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. regulatorbookshop.com.
Curator Stefan Bloodworth presents “Walk on the Wild Side” the first Thursday of every month from 11 a.m. to noon in the Blomquist Garden of Native Plants at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Cost is $5 for nongarden members. 919-668-1707, gardens.duke.edu.
Frances Mayes at The Regulator
Frances Mayes will talk about her new book, “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. Mayes is the author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Bella Tuscany,” “Every Day in Tuscany” and “The Tuscan Sun Cookbook.” regulatorbookshop.com.
Nar-Anon, a 12-step program for relatives and friends of addicts, will meet from 7-8 p.m. at Immanuel Temple Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2102 S. Alston Ave. 919-383-4236, nar-anon.org.
North Carolina Central University chancellor installation
Dr. Debra Saunders-White will join North Carolina Central University as the university’s 11th chancellor at 10 a.m. at the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. nccu.edu/installation.
Blue Devils Toastmasters
The Blue Devils Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Friday of every month in Room 203 of the Duke Human Resources Building, 705 Broad St. The club focuses on improving public speaking, communication and leadership skills.
Durham Parks and Recreation will host a stargazing program from 8:30-10:30 p.m. at Old North Durham Park, 310 W. Geer St. Kids and families will learn about astronomy. getoutdoorsdurham.blogspot.com.
Durham Farmers’ Market
The Durham Farmers’ Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon at 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Northgate Mall and the Durham Arts Council will host Children’s Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1058 W. Club Blvd. The festival will raise money for the Durham Arts Council with food, live music, dance performances and vendors. durhamarts.org.
Family Fun Fest
Hope Valley Elementary School will host a Family Fun Fest of games, crafts, a cake walk, face painting, a climbing wall and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3005 Dixon Road. The event will raise money for the school’s teachers and students.