New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the 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 sturdy shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Bo Howes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jewish Genealogical Society
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The Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society meets from 1-3 p.m. at 6905 Fayetteville Road, Suite 204, Durham. The event will be a Hanukkah Party and show and tell. Open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, email DebbieTheTeacher@gmail.com. trianglejgs.org
Science of distillation
Lee Katrincic, co-founder and head distiller of the award-winning Durham Distillery, discusses the history, techniques and science of distillation at 4 p.m. at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Free and open to the public. No alcohol will be served. 919-560-0125, durhamcountylibrary.org
A free community screening of the documentary “13th” is 6 p.m. at The Carrack Modern Art, 947 E. Main St., Durham. The film, by “Selma” director Ava DuVernay, focuses on the U.S. prison system and African Americans. thecarrack.org
Nar-Anon family group
Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for family and friends of addicts, meets from 8-9 p.m. Mondays at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham. Free. For more information: 800-477-6291 or nar-anon.org.
How to do Drag
The How to do Drag: A “Werk”shop is 5:30 p.m. at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. The event will feature sessions on costumes, makeup, hair and performance tips from area female impersonators. Free and open to the public. 919-560-0268, durhamcountylibrary.org
NAMI Durham Connection Recovery Support Group, for people with a mental illness, meets at 7:30 p.m. at Watts Street Baptist Church, 800 Watts St. Free; no registration required. 919-231-5016
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Haynes House, 330 Trent Drive, Durham.
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
Lupus support group
The Lupus Foundation support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. in Wilson Parlor of First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Drop-ins welcome. The group meets the second Wednesday of each month. For more information: 877-849-8271, ext. 1, email@example.com, lupusnc.org.
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.
Residents can view design plans for a new playground at Indian Trail Park at a drop-in meeting from 5-6:30 p.m. at Walltown Park Recreation Center, 1308 W. Club Blvd. Public comments welcome. 919-560-4355, bit.ly/2gZSmmU
Durham Art Guild
An opening reception is 5-7 p.m. for the Durham Art Guild’s Members Holiday Market at the SunTrust Gallery at the Durham Arts Council building, 120 Morris St. The exhibit/market runs through Jan. 7. durhamartguild.org
Third Friday Durham
The monthly art gallery walk celebrates the season with carolers, holiday crafts and other activities, receptions and more from 6-9 p.m. at various galleries and other venues throughout Durham. Free and open to the public. For more information, go to 3rdfridaydurham.com.
20 Buck Chuck
The fourth annual 20 Buck Chuck is 6-9 p.m. at Spectre Arts, 1004 Morning Glory Ave., Durham. Fundraiser for Arts for Life N.C. The event will feature a silent auction, children’s activities, caroling, hot cocoa, an outdoor fire and more. 919-213-1441, spectrearts.org
The Scrap Exchange celebrates its 25th anniversary with Scrapiversary from 6-9 p.m. at the exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. The event will feature a time capsule opening, guest speakers, exhibits, music, games, crafts, food, beer and wine. Free admission. bit.ly/2gmJpI7, scrapexchange.org
Durham Arts Council
A reception is 6-8 p.m. for three exhibits at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. “Inventing History: Cherished Memories of Good Times that Never Happened” by Richard Chandler Hoff and “Constants and Unknowns” by Randy McNamara are on display through Jan. 13. “A Man Singing to Himself” by Jill Snyder is on display through Jan. 31. durhamarts.org
A reception is 6-9 p.m. for two current exhibits at Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. “Quiet Season” celebrates the approach of winter by gallery artists. “Flight Lessons” features works by mixed-media artist Kim Wheaton. Both exhibits run through Jan. 1. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com
The Duke Teaching Observatory open house is 7-9 p.m. on Cornwallis Road in Duke Forest. Free. For more information and directions, go to bit.ly/2fDNbHM
New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 8 a.m. in front of the 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 sturdy shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Vern Bothwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rages to Riches Theatre performs “The Gingerbread Boy” at 4 p.m. at The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. A Make-N-Take program follows the performance. For ages 2 and older. Cost: $5 per event. 919-213-1278, scrapexchange.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 Farmers’ Market is open 10 a.m. to noon in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com
▪ 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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