Durham community events from Wednesday, March 23, to Saturday, March 26.
Blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held at several times this week. redcrossblood.org.
▪ 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at IMPACT Pharmaceutical Services, 79 TW Alexander Drive, building 4401, suite 100.
▪ 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the Duke University Bryan Center.
Estonian Prime Minister speaks at Duke
Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas will discuss “A 21st Century State: Anything is Possible” at 1 p.m. in Sanford 201 at the Sanford School of Public Policy, 201 Science Drive.
Parking is available for $2 hourly at the Bryan Center parking deck.
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.
Readings at The Regulator
Henry Petroski reads from “The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Regulator, 720 Ninth St.
Laurent Dubois discusses “The Banjo: America’s African Instrument” at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Community Luncheon Roundtable
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s Community Luncheon Roundtable is noon to 1 p.m. at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. Enter through the back of the church, near the playground.
Kindergarten Registration Week
Kindergarten Registration Week with Durham’s Partnership for Children and Durham Public Schools continues through Thursday. durhamgoestokindergarten.com.
A Kindergarten Registration Celebration is 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville Road. Parents will be able to complete the registration process there, learn about schools and schedule Kindergarten Health Assessment appointments. There will also be food trucks, Scrap Exchange activities, a bookmobile and more.
▪ An art and food truck market is open from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturdays at 214 Hunt St. facebook.com/HuntStMarket.
▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center at 5410 N.C. Highway 55.
▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 10 a.m. to noon at 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Operation Medicine Drop
Drop off unused or expired medication safely and anonymously at Operation Medicine Drop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at four locations:
▪ Walgreens, 1812 Holloway St.
▪ Kroger, 3457 Hillsborough Road
▪ Ace Hardware, 1700 E. N.C. Highway 54
▪ Kroger, 202 W. N.C. Highway 54
Over-the-counter and prescription medication will be accepted. The event is sponsored by Safe Kids Durham County and the Durham Police Department.
Medication can also be dropped off throughout the year in boxes inside the Durham Police Headquarters, 505 W. Chapel Hill St; the District 2 Substation, 5285 N. Roxboro Road; and the District 3 Substation at #3 Consultant Place near Wynnsong Movie Plaza.
Civil War presentations
Bennett Place hosts discussions and presentations on the Civil War in March. Each is at 1 p.m. at 4409 Bennett Memorial Road. Admission is $5.
Ernie Dollar discusses troop movements before the surrender at Bennett Place on Saturday, March 26. bennettplacehistoricsite.com.
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The North Carolina Taxpayer Assistance Center will be open until April 15 in suite 856 at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., near Entrance Four.
The IRS-sponsored program is part of Reinvestment Partners, Duke University School of Law, North Carolina Central University School of Law and N.C. Legal Aid’s work to provide free tax preparation to North Carolina residents whose income is around $54,000 or below, and who cannot prepare their own tax returns.
Appointments are required. 919-286-1-TAC (1822), nc-tac.com.
For National Community Development Week, Durham’s Community Development Department is holding an essay contest for local middle and high school students. First, second and third place prizes for each category will win $10 to $25 at the Durham City Council meeting on Monday, April 18.
Students of private or public schools and home-schooled students can enter. Submissions are due Friday, April 1. durhamnc.gov/445/Community-Development.