Durham News

Daybook: May 11-14

Students on a field trip look into the "butler" room at Historic Stagville Plantation in northern Durham County. A program honoring the craftsmanship of plantation workers is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the plantation, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Hands-on activities and exhibits will be featured.
Students on a field trip look into the "butler" room at Historic Stagville Plantation in northern Durham County. A program honoring the craftsmanship of plantation workers is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the plantation, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Hands-on activities and exhibits will be featured. CHUCK LIDDY chuck.liddy@newsobserver.com

Durham community events from Wednesday, May 11, to Saturday, May 14.

Wednesday

Bird walk

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. For more information, email David Anderson at d47anders@gmail.com. newhopeaudubon.org

Blood drives

Several blood drives for the American Red Cross will be held through May 15. redcrossblood.org

▪ American Red Cross Durham Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, No. 3: Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; second Saturday of the month, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

▪ 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday, May 11: Southern High School, 800 Clayton Road

▪ 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 13: Croasdaile Village, 2600 Croasdaile Farm Parkway

▪ 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14: Holy Infant Catholic Church, 5000 Southpark Drive

Duke Chapel

Duke University Chapel reopens with a daylong celebration beginning at 10 a.m. The free event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, tours, a communion service, a time of silence and music. The chapel has been closed since May 11, 2015, for restoration work.

The chapel will hold the first Sunday morning worship service in the building since the restoration at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 22. chapel.duke.edu

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

Farmers’ Market

The Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com.

Northgate Jams

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.

Author to speak

Bestselling author Willie Drye talks about his newest book, “For Sale: American Paradise - How Our Nation was Sold an Impossible Dream in Florida” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com

Input sought on plans

Durham is seeking input from residents on updated versions of the city’s bicycle and pedestrian plans. The online survey and information on the plans are available at DurhamBikeWalkPlan.com. Printed versions of the survey are available at Durham County Library locations.

Thursday

IT Professionals

The RTP chapter of the Association of IT Professionals meets at 5:30 p.m. at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. The meeting will feature a panel discussion on “DevOps - From the Hype to the Bottom Line.” For more information: 984-200-7917 or bit.ly/1XcBDNH.

Reporter to speak

The Durham Business & Professional Chain social media series features The News & Observer reporter Thomasi McDonald from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library, 3605 Shannon Road, Durham. McDonald, a veteran crime reporter and professional actor, will discuss “The Media and the Black Man: Balancing Culture and Coverage.” Free. Registration required: 919-683-1047. bit.ly/1SMreXd.

Jazz series

Durham County Library hosts “Let’s Talk About It: Jazz Series” at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday through May 19 at the South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave. The series features viewings and discussions of select films, essays and other jazz resources. Registration is required: bit.ly/1WvaHYM. For more information: 919-560-0282, durhamcountylibrary.org.

Friday

Blues on the Plaza

Reverend Dan and the Prophets perform from 6:30-9 p.m. at The Plaza at Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd., Durham. Free. Bring lawn chairs. Coolers are not allowed; food trucks will be on site. northgatemall.com

Community campfire

Durham Parks and Recreation Adventure Programs is holding a community campfire from 7-8 p.m. at Long Meadow Park, 917 Liberty St. The department will set up the fire and provide ingredients to make s’mores. For more information: bit.ly/26ZYf8l.

Starlight Friday

Durham’s Starlight Friday series will show a family-friendly film at sunset at Oval Drive Park, 2200 W. Club Blvd. Free.

Saturday

Project Graduation

The Great Clips hair salon at New Hope Commons in Durham will donate 10 percent of its sales from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. to Project Graduation, which provides an alcohol-free party for seniors on graduation day.

Bull City Robotics

The FIRST Tech Challenge Bull City Robotics Invitational is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Center Court of Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. The event will showcase design and programming skills of area students, and also will feature a mock competition. northgatemall.com

‘Captive Craftsmanship’

The program will honor the craftsmanship of plantation workers from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Stagville Plantation, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Hands-on activities and exhibits will be featured. Demonstrations will be presented by a blacksmith, brick mason and wool carders. Cost: $5, adults; $3, children; $15 family rate for two adults and two children. For more information: 919-620-0120, stagville.org.

‘Mr. Fred’s’ Day

“Mr. Fred’s” Community Day, in honor of Fredrick A. Edgerton, is from noon to 5 p.m. at Sherwood Park, Tall Timber Drive, Durham. Children’s activities and guest speakers will be featured. For more information, email mrfredfoundation@gmail.com.

9/11 survivor

9/11 survivor Joe Dittmar speaks at 2 p.m. at the Granville County Library System’s South Branch Library, 1550 S. Campus Drive, Creedmoor. Dittmar, who currently works for Rockhill Specialty Programs in Durham, will discuss “Lessons Learned from a Date with Destiny: An Historic and Inspirational View of 9/11/01.” bit.ly/1UyUDVS

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, cconero@aol.com

Markets

▪ 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 durham@newsobserver.com.

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