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.
Durham 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, 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. An opening reception also is 6-9 p.m. for the exhibit “Flag Post” by Derek Chan, which runs through Jan. 19. 919-213-1441, spectrearts.org
Durham Arts Council
A reception is 6-8 p.m. for new 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.
The event also is a holiday celebration and will feature caroling by the Durham Children’s Choir, cookie decorating, crafts and a special pop-up exhibit from the Sister Cities International Young Artists program. 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 Scrap Exchange celebrates its 25th anniversary with a Scrapiversary party from 6-9 p.m. at the exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. The event, which also marks the 50th anniversary of The Center Theater, will feature a parade led by the Bulltown Strutters, a time capsule opening at 7:30 p.m., guest speakers, music, games, crafts, food, beer and wine.
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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