Dog park maintenance
The large dog area at Piney Wood Dog Park, 400 E. Woodcroft Parkway, is temporarily closed for maintenance from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. daily through early December. The area still can be used before 8 a.m and after 3 p.m. The small dog area will remain open. 919-560-4355
The Overeaters Anonymous Lunch Bunch meets at 12:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Hospitality Room at Holy Infant Church, 5000 Southpark Drive, Durham. Open meeting. 919-937-9674
Durham Lions Club
The Durham Lions Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Wednesdays at the Durham Lions Club Scout Center, 1850 Hillandale Road. The meeting includes a buffet lunch, short business meeting and a speaker. Visitors and guests may attend. bit.ly/1NTfht2
Northgate Mall’s old-time, bluegrass and country jam sessions are 6-9 p.m. Wednesdays near the mall’s Center Court, 1058 W. Club Blvd. All musicians are welcome.
Winter Reading Program
Durham County Library launches its inaugural Winter Reading Program. Reading logs can be picked up at any area library. For all ages. Prizes will be given out at the end of the program, which runs through April 1. The library also is holding its Winter Fine Read Down. To participate, sign up at any area library Dec. 1-April 1 and read at the library. A $1 of fines is removed for every 10 minutes of reading. durhamcountylibrary.org
‘To Buy the Sun’
The Pauli Murray Project presents the play “To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray” Thursday, Dec. 1, to Sunday, Dec. 4, at Lyon Park Community Center, 1309 Halley St. Performances are 7 p.m. Thursday to Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. bit.ly/2gvQg18
New Hope Audubon
New Hope Audubon Society meets from 7-9 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Brian Bockhahn, interpretation and education specialist with N.C. State Parks, will discuss “Birds of the N.C. State Parks: 100 Years.” Free and open to the public. newhopeaudubon.org
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Northern High School, 117 Tom Wilkinson Road.
Blood donations also can be made at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, Suite 3: Mondays, 2:30-7 p.m.; Wednesdays, 2-7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; fourth Sunday of the month, noon to 4:30 p.m. redcrossblood.org
The 12th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting is 6 p.m. outside the American Tobacco Amphitheatre, 300 Blackwell St. The event will feature live music, performances and a visit from Santa. Afterward, voting in the Christmas Tree Challenge begins at Diamond View Park. Free. bit.ly/2gDd4Nl
Christmas by Candlelight
Take a step back in time with the Christmas by Candlelight tours Dec. 2 and 9 at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Road. The tours are 6:45-9:15 p.m. and will feature costumed interpreters, storytelling, carolers and more. Tickets: $6 adults, $3 children 10 and under. For more information, go to dukehomestead.org.
The City of Durham’s Community Campfire is 7-8 p.m. at Edgemont Park, 205 S. Elm St. Free; no registration. Everything provided to make s’mores. Children must be accompanied by an adult. bit.ly/2f0a2lg
▪ The Duke Teaching Observatory open house is 7-9 p.m. on Cornwallis Road. Free. bit.ly/2fDNbHM
▪ Representatives from Morehead Planetarium bring their high-powered telescopes for a close-up look at the night sky from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Little River Regional Park, Rougemont. Free. bit.ly/1L1QYaX
Bird walk, stream watch
New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. in front of Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water; wear long pants and walking shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Norm Budnitz at email@example.com.
Also, the society is sponsoring a stream water quality monitoring event at 9 a.m. at several sites on New Hope Creek. To participate, email John Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, Nov. 30.
Breakfast with Santa
A holiday pancake breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus is 9-10:30 a.m. at C&H Cafeteria, 1720 Guess Road, Suite 70, Durham. Fundraiser for the Exchange Family Center. Children may wear their pajamas. Tickets are $6 per person and are available online at northgatemall.com.
The Durham Farmers’ Market opens its Winter Market. Hours are 10 a.m. to noon in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. A food drive will be held this week for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Those donating non-perishable food items are eligible to receive a free tree from Keep Durham Beautiful. For more information on the free trees and requested food items, go to bit.ly/2fvYzXP. durhamfarmersmarket.com
Learn about Christmas traditions in the 19th century at Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. The 100 Years of Christmas at Stagville program is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Lantern tours begin at 4:30 p.m. Tour tickets are $5 adults and $3 children. For tickets, call 919-620-0120 or go to stagville.org.
A free ornament workshop for children is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Suite 132 at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. From 12:30-2:30, the Balloon Lady will entertain children with balloon creations. Free. The Durham County Library bookmobile also will be on site. northgatemall.com
Holiday Fun Fest
The Durham Holiday Fun Fest is noon to 4 p.m. on the practice field at Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. Free; rain or shine. The event will feature live music, performances, snow sledding, Santa Claus, a campfire and s’mores, children’s activities, and food, arts and crafts and business vendors. bit.ly/2fZMUz6
Jingle Bell Jazz
The Triangle Readers Theatre Ensemble presents Jingle Bell Jazz from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Main Auditorium at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The event also will include a performance by blues singer Randa McNamara and a presentation by theater founder Joan Njie. Free. 919-560-0268, durhamcountylibrary.org
The Durham Community Chorale presents “Holiday Magic” at 3:30 p.m. at Temple Baptist Church, 4504 Sterling Drive. Tickets are $10 and are available online or at the door. durhamcommunitychorale.org
The Durham Symphony Orchestra holds its Holiday Pops and Silent Auction at 7 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 212 Foster St. Tickets range from $10-$35; free for children 12 and under. Fundraiser for Kidznotes, the Greater Durham Boys and Girls Club and the Durham Nativity School. For more information, go to durhamsymphony.org.
Durham Chess Club
The Durham Chess Club meets for casual chess from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays at North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. Sets, boards and instructions are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 919-479-7020, email@example.com
▪ The Durham Roots Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays near Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. bit.ly/2dvq58C
▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 N.C. 55. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org
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