Durham News: Community

Daybook: Feb. 22-25

Durham Independent Dance Artists perform “What You Want” Feb. 24-25 at the Living Arts Collective in Durham.
Durham Independent Dance Artists perform “What You Want” Feb. 24-25 at the Living Arts Collective in Durham. Contributed DIDA


Bird walk

New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of Wild Bird Center at Eastgate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Birders of all skill levels may attend. Bring snacks and water; wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Canceled if heavy rain. For more information, email Vern Bothwell at vbothwell@jbdlaw.com. newhopeaudubon.org

Blood donations

Blood donations can be made at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, Suite 3, Durham: Wednesday, 2-7 p.m.; and Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org

Senior Games

Early registration for the Durham Senior Games and SilverArts Showcase continues through Friday, March 3. Participants registering early will receive a discounted registration fee. The competition is sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation Department and will be held April 17-May 4 at various locations throughout Durham. Last day to register is Friday, March 24. Applications are available at any DPR facility, online at DPRPlayMore.org or at the Durham Center for Senior Life, 406 Rigsbee Ave. durhamnc.gov


Road closures

The Durham Freeway at Alston Avenue is closed from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. through Thursday morning, Feb. 23, weather permitting. Crews plan to demolish the western side of the Alston Avenue bridge during the closures. Detour signs are scheduled to be in place. For more information: bit.ly/2lhQUkX.

Also, Alston Avenue is closed to through traffic between the Durham Freeway and Main Street from 8 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday through Monday, March 3. The closures are part of the Alston Avenue/N.C. 55 widening project. Workers are scheduled to remove asbestos from two railroad bridges above Alston Avenue. Local traffic and driveway access will be open during the work. For suggested detours, go to bit.ly/2lhQUkX.

Summer internships

A help session for residents interested in the Durham YouthWork Internship Program is 4:30-6 p.m. at Hoover Road Community Center, 1126 Hoover Road. The session, one of six planned through March 21, will assist applicants in preparing and submitting forms for the program. For more information on the help sessions, go to bit.ly/2k41fwV.

Internship applications are being accepted through Friday, March 31, for the YouthWork Internship Program. Durham residents ages 14-24 can apply for summer employment opportunities. Hourly wages range from $7.25 to $12; about 200 jobs will be available. Employment begins in mid-June with jobs lasting six to eight weeks. For more information and an application, go to durhamnc.gov.

History festival

The African-American History Festival is 5:30 p.m. at Burton Magnet Elementary School, 1500 Mathison St., Durham. The band Africa Unplugged will perform. Free; donations accepted. bit.ly/2lL3mua

Writer’s Roundtable

The Black History Month Writer’s Roundtable is 6-8:30 p.m. at Stanford Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham. Noted author and publisher Zelda Lockhart of Levinson Press is the featured speaker. The seminar is sponsored by the Durham Business and Professional Chain. 919-683-1047, facebook.com/durhambusinesschain

Garden maintenance

The program Carrying On: Garden Maintenance is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Free; registration required. 919-668-1707, bit.ly/2kxIa5N, gardens.duke.edu

‘A Mind to Stay’

Sydney Nathans, professor emeritus of history at Duke University, signs and reads from his new book “A Mind to Stay: White Plantation, Black Homeland” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For more information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.

Duke Wind Symphony

The Duke Wind Symphony performs “An Early 97th Birthday Celebration for PB” at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. The concert celebrates former symphony conductor and Professor Emeritus Paul Bryan. music.duke.edu



Durham Independent Dance Artists perform “What You Want” at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25, at the Living Arts Collective, 410 W. Geer St., Durham. Tickets: $12. didaseason.com, bit.ly/2lMwjT7

Bike+Walk Plan

Residents can comment on the proposed Durham Bike+Walk Plan through Tuesday, Feb. 28. For more information on the plan and to provide input, go to durhamnc.gov.

Junior Fire Marshal

Registration is open for the City of Durham’s 12th annual Junior Fire Marshal Academy. Free. Register online by Monday, March 20, at DPRPlayMore.org, course 5070. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The academy is Thursday, April 13. durhamnc.gov


Durham job fair

The Durham Public Works Department’s construction job fair is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works Operations Center, 1100 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. For more information and to apply for jobs, go to durhamnc.gov.

Pruning roses

Learn how to prune roses from 10-11 a.m. at Witherspoon Rose Culture, 4800 Garrett Road, Durham. Free; registration required. 919-489-4446, witherspoonrose.com

Rare Music Concert

The Rare Music Concert is 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. The concert will feature 19th century French piano trios. music.duke.edu


▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market is open 10 a.m. to noon in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com

▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open 9 a.m. to noon in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 N.C. 55. southdurhamfarmersmarket.org

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