Durham community events Wednesday, Aug. 24, through Saturday, Aug. 27.
More than 200 volunteers from the community and area businesses and organizations join forces from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. to build a new playground at Crest Street Park, 2503 Crest St., Durham. The design was based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June. keepdurhambeautiful.org
The Durham Farmers’ Market, 501 Foster St., is open from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
Blood donations for the American Red Cross 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
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.
Driver License Office
The East Durham Driver License Office, 101 S. Miami Blvd., is closed temporarily for renovations and equipment upgrades. It is scheduled to re-open at 8 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29. Area DMV offices in Carrboro, Hillsborough, North Raleigh and Cary are open. ncdot.gov/dmv
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham hosts the Community Luncheon Roundtable from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at Shepherds House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. The speaker is Eric Ireland, who is the deputy public health director with the Durham County Department of Public Health. He will discuss the county’s new program, “Cure Violence,” which focuses on a public health approach to reducing violence. The luncheon is open to the public; no registration required.
Aquatics master plan
An open house on Durham’s Aquatics Facilities Master Plan is from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Durham Armory, 212 Foster St. Residents can view the plan and offer suggestions. Parking is available on the street or at the Durham Centre Parking Garage, 300 W. Morgan St.
A drop-in community workshop on the plan is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Durham Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 400 Cleveland St. Families welcome at either event; refreshments will be served. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bxKve5.
Back Porch Music
The Gibson Brothers headline Back Porch Music on the Lawn at 6 p.m. at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. Hank, Pattie and the Current will open the free outdoor concert. Picnics, coolers and well-behaved dogs are welcome. Glass is prohibited. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, go to bit.ly/1qJmdU7.
Recovery International meets from 6:30-7:45 p.m. Thursdays at Beth El Synagogue, 1004 Watts St., Durham. The meetings focus on improving emotional health issues. Open to the public. Suggested donation: $5. For more information, call 413-588-4472 or go to recoveryinternational.org or bit.ly/29TIYyx.
Black Businesses Matter
The national Black Businesses Matter Tour holds a program from 6-8 p.m. at Nzinga’s Cafe, 826 Fayetteville St., Suite 110, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center. Free. A buffet dinner will be available for purchase. Registration required; go to durhamchain.org. For more information on the tour, go to blackbusinessesmatter.net.
Audio Under the Stars concludes its summer series from 8-10 p.m. at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham. “Work It: Stories of Labor and Leisure” is the scheduled program. Rain date is Friday, Sept. 2. audiounderthestars.net
A introductory Tennis Carnival is from 9-11 a.m. at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. For ages 4 and up. Free. The drop-in event will feature information on the city’s tennis programs, drills and prizes. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bsD47o.
Mural bike tour
A bike tour of murals in downtown Durham is from 10-11:30 a.m. The tour departs from the Durham Farmers Market, 501 Foster St. Check-in is at 9:45 a.m. All skill levels are welcome. Free. Bring your own bike and helmet. The tours are held each fourth Saturday of the month through November and are sponsored by Preservation Durham, the Museum of Durham History and the Nasher Museum of Art. bit.ly/1WEapjS
Learn how to decorate your home on a budget. MH Designs presents “How I Decorated My House Using the ReStore” at 11 a.m. at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 5501 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Free. Refreshments will be served. Registration requested; go to bit.ly/2aTvsxK.
Meals from the Market
Tickets for Durham Central Park’s 11th annual Meals from the Market are on sale. The fundraiser features a series of meals from September to October that park supporters host at their home, restaurant or other venue. The meals are donated by the hosts and proceeds from ticket sales support the park. For more information, call 919-794-8194 or go to bit.ly/2aLCTc1.
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
▪ 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., in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. 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.
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