New Hope Audubon Society holds 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. Another bird walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the shopping center. For more information on either event, email Jim Capel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A reception and forum for candidates is 3-5 p.m. at the Ivy Community Center, 4222 Fayetteville Road, Durham. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Durham Unit of the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham Counties and the Durham Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. lwvodc.org
The fall Music on the Plaza series concludes with the third annual outdoor Halloween Spooktacular performance by The Durham Symphony Orchestra and Paperhand Puppet Intervention from 4-7 p.m. on the Plaza at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Free. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. The event also will feature a costume contest, local food trucks and drink vendors, children’s activities and more; coolers not allowed. In case of rain, the event will move indoors to the mall’s Center Court. northgatemall.com
Author, radio announcer and activist Larry Reni Thomas will speak at the monthly meeting of the Durham Chapter of the NAACP. The group will meet at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Baptist Church, 917 Onslow St. Thomas also was featured in the award-winning documentary “Wilmington on Fire.” For more information: 919-493-2404 or email@example.com.
The Abrahamic Initiative on the Middle East presents the conference Linking Liberation Struggles: Pursuing Global Awareness and Civic Engagement from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Miller-Morgan Building at North Carolina Central University, 528 Nelson St., Durham. aimeproject.org
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.
Veteran political strategists Karl Rove and Jim Messina discuss the upcoming presidential election at 5 p.m. in Page Auditorium on Duke University’s West Campus. Free; tickets required. For more information, go to bit.ly/2d5j4MJ.
Neuroscience of drugs
Nicole Schramm-Sapyta explains how the brain, environment and intoxicating drugs work together to cause addiction at 6:30 p.m. at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Free and open to the public. Schramm-Sapyta is with the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. For more information, call 919-560-0112 or go to bit.ly/2efcim5.
‘City on Fire’
Garth Risk Hallberg discusses his book “City on Fire” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For more information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.
A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 1:30-6 p.m. at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Another blood drive this week is 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Road.
Blood donations also 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
‘Among the Living’
Jonathan Rabb discusses his book “Among the Living” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For more information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.
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.
Hol-ton of Fun festival
The Hol-ton of Fun Fall Festival is 6-8 p.m. at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., Durham. Free. For more information: 919-345-2750, bit.ly/2ehbbU7.
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.
The inaugural North Carolina Barbecue Revival, a fundraiser for the Triangle Land Conservancy, is Friday, Oct. 28, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at Green Button Farm, 9623 N. Roxboro Road, Bahama. The event, celebrating whole hog barbecue and pasture-raised hogs, will feature pit masters and chefs from throughout the South, classes, dinners, a pig-picking and more. For more information, tickets and a schedule of events, go to ncbbqrevival.com.
Explore historical concepts of spiritualism, awe and wonder at Halloween Phantasmagoria from 6:30-9 p.m. at Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. For all ages; bring a flashlight. Tickets range from $5-$15. For more information: 919-477-5498, dukehomestead.org.
New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of the Wild Bird Center at East Gate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. The group will travel to Eno River State Park. Birders of all skill levels welcome. Bring snacks and water; wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Vern Bothwell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funny Girl Farm
Tricks and Treats at Funny Girl Farm is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the farm, 504 Erwin Road, Durham. Free admission. The event will feature a trick or treat farm tour, a costume parade, food vendors, children’s activities and more. For more information, go to bit.ly/2etXMpy.
Trunk or Treat
The Durham Police Department holds a free Trunk or Treat event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the back parking lot at the Walmart at 1525 Glenn School Road. For more information: bit.ly/2ekGpeC.
Also Saturday, the YMCA holds a free Trunk or Treat from 6:30-8 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. For more information: bit.ly/2e6hIQW. Costumes welcome at both events.
The Durham Bulls FanFest is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 408 Blackwell St. Free. The event will feature batting practice and playing catch on the field, a costume contest, clubhouse tours and children’s activities. A canned food drive for victims of Hurricane Matthew also will be held. For more information, go to atmilb.com/2eRu9By.
Farm fall festival
The third annual Fall Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blue Whistler Farm, 9923 N. Roxboro Road, Bahama. Tickets: $5, free for children ages 5 and under. The event will feature food and beer vendors, farm tours, a costume contest, family games and activities, a photo booth and more. For more information, go to bluewhistlerfarm.com.
The Coalition to Unchain Dogs holds Barktoberfest from 2-5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. Free admission. Dogs welcome. The fundraiser will feature contests for pets and their people, a raffle, games, pet photos and food and beer vendors. For more information, go to bit.ly/2du21kU.
Georges Rousse project
A viewing and reception for the latest public art installation by French artist Georges Rousse is 5-9 p.m. at The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St. Ten years ago, Rousse’s Durham Project transformed four historic buildings downtown into trompe l'oeil works of art. He returned to Durham this month to celebrate the anniversary of his visionary first project. For more information, go to bit.ly/2esscHl or bit.ly/2dO0OU2.
‘El Día de los Muertos’
The fifth annual Fall Art Festival “El Día de los Muertos,” the Day of the Dead, is 6-9 p.m. at the Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke St. Free admission. The event will feature exhibits of student art, live performances, a parade, costume contest, children’s activities, food vendors and more.
Durham Chess Club
The Durham Chess Club meets for casual chess from 2-4:30 p.m. Saturdays at 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
▪ The Hunt Street Art and Food Truck Market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at 214 Hunt St. facebook.com/HuntStMarket
▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market is open 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. bit.ly/2dvq58C
▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 N.C. 55.
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▪ The Halloween Weekend Food Truck Rodeo is noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. More than 50 food and beer vendors will be on site. The Swang Brothers will perform at 12:30 p.m. Entertainment and children’s activities also will be featured. For more information: 919-794-8194, bit.ly/2ekLcwS.
▪ Mexican-American painter Cornelio Campos discusses his life and work as an artist from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Durham Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. Free. For more information, go to bit.ly/2eeQsQW.
▪ Registration is underway for the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable Agriculture Conference Nov. 4-6 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, Durham. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/1HzAWW9.
▪ Insideout holds its Adult Ally Appreciation Brunch for supporters of LGBTQ+ youth in North Carolina from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at the Durham Artists Movement, 111 W. Parrish St., Durham. The event will feature live music and an art auction. Free; donations accepted. For more information, go to insideout180.org.
▪ Open Table Ministry holds its seventh annual Walk in Their Shoes fundraiser, a 3-mile walk for the homeless, at 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19, at Solite Park, 4704 Fayetteville Road. For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2d0G91D.