Durham community events from Wednesday, April 13, to Saturday, April 16.
TRY Coalition Meeting
TRY Coalition meets every second Wednesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Golden Belt building, 807 E. Main St., on the second floor in Neighborhood Improvement Services. 919-491-7811, DurhamTRY.org.
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. e-clubhouse.org/sites/durham2nc/
Lupus support group
A support group for people with lupus, their family members and caregivers meets from 6-7:30 p.m. in Wilson Parlor of the First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Drop-ins are welcome. 877-849-8271, ext., firstname.lastname@example.org, lupusnc.org.
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.
Duke Symphony Orchestra
The Duke Symphony Orchestra, with Talya Lieberman, soprano and Jenny Li, violin, performs at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. The program will feature works of Faure, Gorecki, Copland and Brahms.
Fair housing training
The City of Durham is hosting a fair housing training session on accommodating persons with disabilities from 10-11:45 a.m. in the third floor conference room of Building 2 of the Neighborhood Improvement Services Department, 807 E. Main St.
Roberts to speak
National Public Radio and ABC News journalist Cokie Roberts speaks on “Capital Dames: Politics in the Nation’s Capital, Past, Present and with a Look to the Future” at 4 p.m. in the Gothic Reading Room of Rubenstein Library at Duke University.
Global development expert
Steven Radelet, former chief economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development, will speak about fighting global poverty at 5:30 p.m. in Classroom 4 in the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, 201 Science Drive, Durham. A book signing will follow. Parking is available in the Sanford lot.
Survivors of disasters support group
A survivors of fire and other disasters support group meets from 6-7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Building Three at the American Red Cross, Central N.C. Chapter, 4737 University Drive. 919-489-6541 ext. 337 or 333.
Durham County Library kicks off its “Let’s Talk About It: Jazz Series” at 6:30 p.m. at the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. The six-week series will run every Thursday through May 19 and will feature viewings and discussions of select films, essays and other jazz resources. For more information, call 919-560-0282 or visit durhamcountylibrary.org.
NC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
The festival is offering an early sneak peak with a free screening of “That’s Not Us” at 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St. Tickets will be available at 11 a.m. at the theatre’s box office on a first-come, first-served basis. The festival is August 12-20. carolinatheatre.org.
Blue Devils Toastmasters
The Blue Devils Toastmasters Club meets from noon to 1 p.m. the first and third Friday of each month in Room 203 of the Duke Human Resources Building, 705 Broad St. The club focuses on improving public speaking, communication and leadership skills.
The Friends of the Library spring book sale fundraiser is from 4-7 p.m. at the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham. Members only, but anyone can join at the door. The sale continues for everyone from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, April 17.
An opening reception for the art exhibit “Friends and Family” will be from 6-9 p.m. in Cameron Gallery at The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham. Artists may submit works for the show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 14. For submission instructions and guidelines, go to: bit.ly/1SbXgr0. 919-688-6960.
New farmers’ market
The new Durham Roots Farmers’ Market opens at 8 a.m. near Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. The market, which will offer products grown only in Durham County, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.
Color in Motion 5K
The Color in Motion 5K begins at 9 a.m. at the Sears parking lot on Guess Road at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. Participants will be showered with colored powders as they walk or run along the course. Color in Motion is partnering with the Volunteer Center of Durham for the race. For fees and registration: colorinmotion5k.com/#!durham/vtcf3.
Civil War surrender anniversary
The anniversary of the surrender of Confederate forces in April 1865 in Durham County will be commemorated in a free event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bennett Place State Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Confederate Gen. Joseph Johnston surrendered to Maj. Gen. William Sherman in April 1865 at the home of James and Nancy Bennett. The program will include a tour of the house and discussions about the negotiations there that effectively ended the war. The event continues from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17. For more information, call 919-383-4345 or email email@example.com. bennettplacehistoricsite.com
The Scrap Exhange’s DIY Fest is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. The festival, which marks the center’s 25-year anniversary, will feature children’s activities, presentations, artists booths, demonstrations, live music and food trucks. scrapexchange.org/special-events/diy-fest/
Durham Co-op celebration
The Durham Co-op Market is celebrating its 1-year anniversary from 1-8 p.m. with live music, arts and crafts, and food vendors at the store, 1111 W. Chapel Hill St. durham.coop.
Durham Chess Club
The Durham Chess Club meets for casual chess from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays at the North Regional Library, 221 Milton Road. Sets, boards and instructions are provided. All ages and skill levels are welcome. 919-479-7020, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library to show documentary
Durham County Library will show the documentary “Consider the Conversation 2: Stories about Cure, Relief, and Comfort” at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road.
COGnizant Women’s Ride
A beginner and cruiser friendly bike ride for women is held at 3 p.m. every third Saturday of the month beginning at the Durham Bike Co-op, 715 Washington St.
Top of the Town progressive dinner
The Durham Arts Council’s progressive dinner, including food and art collections at three downtown lofts, is 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Tickets are $85 and ticket prices benefit the council. bit.ly/25yzmjt. This event is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, email email@example.com.
▪ 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 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.
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.