Durham community events from Sunday, May 29, to Saturday, June 4.
A tribute to American soldiers will be featured from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Living historians dressed as soldiers from the American Revolution to the present day will be on site. Military displays also will be featured. Free. For more information, call 919-383-4345, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bennettplacehistoricsite.com.
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Open Farm Day
Visit the goats from 1-5 p.m. at Open Farm Day at Prodigal Farm, 4720 Bahama Road, Durham. This is the last open day until September. Live music, demonstrations, dairy tours and cheese tastings will be featured. Picnics allowed; no dogs. For more information: bit.ly/1q0BIXt.
Tribute to Duke Ellington
The Durham Symphony Orchestra performs a tribute to Duke Ellington and music from the opera “The Life and Times of Malcolm X” in its season finale at 4 p.m. at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Ticket costs range from $10 to $35. For more information: bit.ly/25lZ519.
The Triangle Wind Ensemble will feature 12-year-old pianist Gabe Crist of Durham during its “Rhapsody in Red, White & Blue: An American Celebration” at 7 p.m. at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Tickets are $16 for adults; $13 for students, seniors and military; $26 for reserved tables; free for children 12 and under. trianglewind.org, boothamphitheatre.com
Edison Johnson Aquatic Center, 500 W. Murray Ave., is closed for maintenance through Thursday, June 2. The pool office will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, for swim lesson registration. Registration also can be done online at DPRPlayMore.org.
Campus Hills Pool is available for lap and recreational swimming while EJAC is closed. For more information: 919-560-4355 or DPRPlayMore.org.
Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held throughout June. redcrossblood.org
American Red Cross Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, No. 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.
▪ 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 8: Durham County Department of Social Services, 414 E. Main St.
▪ 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 10: Duke University Physician Assistant Program, 800 S. Duke St.
Real estate seminars
The Durham Business and Professional Chain is sponsoring a free informational series on real estate topics from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays through June 14 at Nzinga's Café in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center, 826 Fayetteville St., Suite 110.
The program “Locating Financing for Investment Real Estate” will be presented this week. Registration is required: 919-683-1047, www.durhamchain.org.
Other scheduled programs: June 7, “Understanding Real Estate Contracts;” and June 14, “Getting Your Property Ready for Resale or Rental.”
The Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers thrift store holds its annual fundraising sale from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the parking lot and inside the store, 3500 N. Roxboro St., in Oxford Commons. The event, which continues from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Saturday, June 4, will feature used appliances, furniture, household goods, clothing and construction items.
The long-term residential program has been in operation for 22 years, helping men and women overcome drug and alcohol dependence. For more information, call Jeff Stern, director of business operations, at 919-419-1059.
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
The Durham Farmers’ Market hours of operation have changed to 3-6 p.m. on Wednesdays.
The market, at 501 Foster St., also is launching a customer loyalty program. Customers will collect one punch on their loyalty cards for each Wednesday they shop at the market. After 10 punches, customers will receive a gift from the market. For more information: durhamfarmersmarket.com.
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.
Back Porch Music
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen bring their bluegrass sounds to Back Porch Music on the Lawn at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project will open the free outdoor concert, which begins at 6 p.m.
Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Glass is prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information and a list of upcoming performers, go to bit.ly/1qJmdU7.
A public input session on the future design and use of city-owned open spaces along North Mangum Street in downtown Durham is at 6:30 p.m. at the Temple Building, 302 W. Main St.
For more information, contact Planning Supervisor Aaron Cain with the Durham City-County Planning Department at 919-560-4137, ext. 28226, or Aaron.Cain@DurhamNC.gov.
Of dogs and coyotes
Bronwen Dickey will discuss her new book, “Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon,” and John Lane will discuss his book, “Coyote Settles in the South,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com
Rebekah McLeod Hutto will read and sign copies of her new children’s book, “The Day When God Made Church: A Child’s First Book About Pentecost,” at 4:30 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.
Blues on the Plaza
The Beauty Operators perform from 6:30-9 p.m. in a concert rescheduled from May 6 as part of this year’s Blues on the Plaza series at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Coolers are not allowed; food trucks will be on site. northgatemall.com
Music and musings
An acoustic jam session with author Emily D. Edwards and musical guests Mel Melton and Max Drake begins at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. The concert marks the launch of Edwards’ book, “Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories from the Drink House.” 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.
The New Hope Audubon Society hosts a bird walk beginning at 7 a.m. in front of the Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center, Ephesus Church Road, Chapel Hill. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email David Anderson at email@example.com. newhopeaudubon.org
Monitoring water quality
The New Hope Audubon Society is sponsoring a stream water quality monitoring event at 9 a.m. at several sites on New Hope Creek. To participate, email John Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, June 1.
St. Barbara’s Durham Greek Festival is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Highway 751, a half mile south of I-40 Exit 274 near Southpoint Mall.
The festival continues from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 5. Free admission. Festival proceeds will benefit the St. Barbara Building Fund and the Durham Rescue Mission.
The Akapoma Traditional Music and Dance Group will present a free program on Interactive African Drumming from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Discovery Nook, Suite 118, in the Children’s Alleyway at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. northgatemall.com
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, email@example.com
Registration is under way for the Chris Leith Charity Golf Tournament at 7:30 a.m. Friday, June 10, at Lakeshore Golf course, 4621 Lumley Road, Durham. Cost is $100 per person or $360 for a foursome. bit.ly/1WOGk16
▪ 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 Durham Roots Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays near Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham.
▪ 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.
Most City of Durham and Durham County offices will be closed Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Town facilities, including recreation centers, and Durham County public libraries also will be closed. Durham One Call will be closed. City lakes will be open during their regular hours. For more information: bit.ly/1qyK1dn.
Collection of solid waste, recycling, yard waste and bulky items will be delayed by one business day for the entire week. Collections for yard waste and bulky items on Friday, June 3, will be on Monday, June 6. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed on Monday, May 30. bit.ly/25dAFqr