Durham community events from Wednesday, March 30, to Saturday, April 2.
Blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held at several times this week. redcrossblood.org.
▪ 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Durham Technical Community College, 1637 E. Lawson St.
▪ 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St.
Rebecca Blank speaks at Duke
Rebecca Blank will discuss markets, government and the church at 5:30 p.m. in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.
Blank is the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and former acting U.S. secretary of commerce.
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
Michael Muhammad Knight will discuss his new book, “Why I am a Salafi,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at The Regulator, 720 Ninth St.
A painting demonstration with Beverly McIver will be at 5:30 p.m. at Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 1/2 Broad St.
Meet the Author
Suzanne Adair will talk about “Ladies of Crime: Detective Dames and Femmes Fatales” at 7 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
Golden Leaf Awards
Durham residents can vote for Golden Leaf Awards projects until Friday. durhamgoldenleaf.com.
Jaimee Hills and Jennifer Whitaker launch their new poetry collections with an event at The Regulator at 7 p.m. at 720 Ninth St.
The Spring 2016 Eagle Preview, North Carolina Central University’s open house, starts with registration at 7 a.m. and the program at 8 a.m. in the McDougald-McLendon arena, 616 Lawson St. nccu.edu/openhouse/index.cfm.
▪ 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 Durham Farmers’ Market’s spring hours begin this week. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon at 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
▪ 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.
Women’s Health Conference
The Women’s Health Conference, open to women from the Triangle and surrounding areas, is 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Mary Townes Science Building on the campus of North Carolina Central University, 1900 Concord St.
Registration at the door is available, but space is limited. 1.usa.gov/1PmDDuG.
Another women’s health event is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 11, in the Miller-Morgan Health Education Building at NCCU. There will be health screenings, information and more resources. Register in advance online at bit.ly/1WCHuJF. Like the earlier event, registration at the door is available and space is limited.
The Third Annual Durham County Library Storytelling Festival is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. There will be a presentation by last year’s winner, Adele Weiher-Getty.
ReVonda Crow, Kali Ferguson, Alan Hoal, Bobbie Pell, Cynthia Raxter, Mark Riddle and Donna Washington will perform. dcostorytellingfest.org.
Courtney Saffie reads to 3- to 8-year-old children at The Regulator at 10:30 a.m. at 720 Ninth St.
MakerSpace for kids with the Durham County Library Youth Partners will start at 12:30 p.m. in Northgate Mall’s Discovery Nook, suite 109, in the mall at 1058 W. Club Blvd.
Please send announcements two weeks before your event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.