Durham community events Sunday, Sept. 4, through Saturday, Sept. 10.
National Wildlife Day
Celebrate National Wildlife Day with a family hike from 10 a.m. to noon sept 4 at Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Jock Road, Bahama. For ages 4 and older. Participants will search for wildlife; bring water and sunscreen. Free. For more information and to register, call 919-908-0054 or go to bit.ly/2ceNtHL.
Also at Horton Grove, Cleanup Day is from 2-4 p.m. Free. To sign up, go to bit.ly/2cramcj.
The Black Fathers’ Lives Matter Independent Artists Festival is noon to 8 p.m. at Hillside Park, 1301 S. Roxboro St., Durham. Free admission. Live music, food vendors, games and other activities.
Nar-Anon family group
Nar-Anon, a 12-step support group for family and friends of addicts, meets from 8-9 p.m. Mondays at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3639 Old Chapel Hill Road, Durham. Free. For more information: 800-477-6291 or nar-anon.org.
Bruce Frazer and Carol Glasgow discuss their new book, “Extreme Forgiveness: WWII German Pilot Sinks American Destroyer But Finds Forgiveness,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For more information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com
The Swim with the Fish program is 10-11:15 a.m. at Irwin R. Holmes Sr. Recreation Center at Campus Hills, 2000 S. Alston Ave., Durham. The event will feature arts and crafts and swimming in the pool. For ages 2-5; pre-registration required. Cost: $1.25-$6.50. For more information: 919-560-4355, bit.ly/2bJpHkt.
The Durham Farmers’ Market, 501 Foster St., is open from 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays. durhamfarmersmarket.com.
In tribute to the late comedic actor Gene Wilder, the Carolina Theatre presents a free showing of the film “Blazing Saddles” at 7 p.m. in Fletcher Hall at the theater, 309 W. Morgan St. Free; tickets required. Tickets will be available on an in-person, first-come, first-served basis beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7, at the box office. For more information: bit.ly/2bGFyyq.
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.
Homeland Security chief
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh C. Johnson discusses threats in the U.S. and abroad at 6 p.m. in Fleishman Commons at the Sanford School of Public Policy on Duke University’s West Campus, 201 Science Drive, Durham. The event is in recognition of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Free and open to the public. Parking available in the Sanford School lot or the Science Drive visitor’s lot. For more information, go to bit.ly/2c8viQv.
Back Porch Music
The Dom Flemons Duo headlines Back Porch Music on the Lawn 6 p.m. at the American Tobacco Amphitheater, 318 Blackwell St., Durham. The South Carolina Broadcasters 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.
First responders breakfast
The third annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast is 8-10:30 a.m. at the Durham Convention Center, 301 W. Morgan St. Hosted by the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2bS6dgB.
Teen Night Out
Climb the High Ropes Course from 5-10 p.m. at Bethesda Park, 1814 Stage Road, Durham. For teens ages 13-17. Free; pre-registration required. Participants will meet first at Walltown Park Recreation Center, 1308 W. Club Blvd., before going to Bethesda. For more information: 919-560-4355, bit.ly/2cc8Vu6.
Bull Durham Blues Festival
The 29th annual Bull Durham Blues Festival is Friday, Sept. 9, to Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St. Food trucks and other vendors will be on site at 5 p.m. Tickets range from $35-$65. For more information, tickets and a list of performers and times, go to bit.ly/2c8JR6w.
A documentary on the life of Julius Rosenwald screens at 6:45 p.m. on the lawn of the Historic Russell School, 2001 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough. Free; bring lawn chairs or blankets. Free popcorn; bring your own drinks. Rain or shine. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bCFOkO.
The City of Durham hosts a free community campfire from 7-8 p.m. at Solite Park, 4704 Fayetteville Road. The fire and fixin’s for s’mores will be provided. No registration required. All ages welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information: 919-560-4405, bit.ly/2bS0pDI.
The New Hope Audubon Society hosts a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Oak Creek Village Shopping Center, 4600 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water; wear long pants and walking shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Jim Capel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hook, line and sinker
Learn about fishing techniques, fish identification and more from 8-10 a.m. at Lake Michie Recreation Area in northern Durham County. Fishing equipment supplied. All ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $2-$8. Pre-registration required. For more information: bit.ly/2ceMc3s.
Harvest, hornworm fest
The annual Harvest and Hornworm Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. Costumed interpreters will harvest, loop and cure tobacco during the event. In the afternoon, the last tobacco auction in Durham will be held. The festival also will feature a Moon Pie-eating contest, a hornworm race and food and arts and crafts vendors. Local musicians Steph Stewart and Mario Arnez perform at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Free admission. For more information, go to bit.ly/28Khjsf.
The Rags to Riches Theatre performs “The Owl and the Turtle” at 12:30 p.m. at the Discovery Nook, Suite 118 in Children’s Alleyway, Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bGPZSq.
Independent Animal Rescue hosts a cat adoption weekend from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Petco at South Square, 4011 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. The group also is seeking donations of cat and dog food, metal collapsible dog crates and clumping cat litter. 919-403-2221, animalrescue.net
Black Genius Fest
The annual Black Genius Fest is 2-5 p.m. at Northgate Park, 300 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Music, food trucks, activities and more will be featured. Free admission. bit.ly/2bBAMb2
Meet Piedmont Laureate Katy Munger from 3-5 p.m. at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. She will read from some of her recent works and will have books available for sale. Munger is the author of numerous mystery novels. For more information: bit.ly/2c4z9zq.
Lake Michie closing
Lake Michie in northern Durham County closes early for the season beginning at 6 p.m. Improvements to the recreation area and boathouse are planned and are expected to be completed by the 2017 boating season. Nearby Little River Lake is open through Nov. 14 and also is open Labor Day. For more information: bit.ly/2bJkkl8.
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, 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., 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.
Please send announcements two weeks before your event to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food truck rodeo
The Labor Day Weekend Food Truck Rodeo is from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. More than 50 food trucks will be on site along with craft beer vendors and live music. Counterclockwise String Band performs at 12:30 p.m. Free admission. Rain or shine. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Dogs allowed; no retractable leashes. For more information, go to bit.ly/1wZO1Gy.
The Duke Symphony Orchestra opens the 2016-17 season with its annual Labor Day weekend pops concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, on the main quad of the university’s East Campus. Free. Music from Broadway, movies, patriotic songs and lighter works by American composers will be featured. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Picnics allowed. Rain date is Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Baldwin Auditorium. For more information, go to bit.ly/2anyvyo.
Most City of Durham and Durham County offices will be closed Monday, Sept 5, in observance of Labor Day. Town facilities, including recreation centers, also will be closed. Durham County public libraries will be closed Sunday, Sept. 4, and Monday, Sept. 5. Durham One Call will be closed. City lakes will be open during regular hours. For more information, go to bit.ly/2bSJccE.
GoDurham and GoDurham ACCESS will operate under their Sunday-service schedules on Monday. The Bull City Connector will not operate. For more information: GoDurham, godurhamtransit.org/access, 919-485-7433.
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, Sept. 9, will be Monday, Sept 12. The Waste Disposal & Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility and the Household Hazardous Waste Center will be closed Monday. bit.ly/25dAFqr.