Durham News: Community

Daybook: Feb. 26-March 4

The annual Durham Mardi Gras Parade and After Party begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at CCB Plaza downtown. Above, hometown favorites the Bull City Strutters lead revelers down Rigsbee Avenue in a New Orleans-inspired Fat Tuesday celebration at a previous parade.
The annual Durham Mardi Gras Parade and After Party begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at CCB Plaza downtown. Above, hometown favorites the Bull City Strutters lead revelers down Rigsbee Avenue in a New Orleans-inspired Fat Tuesday celebration at a previous parade. mschultz@newsobserver.com

Sunday

Bird walk

New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of 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 jim.capel@mindspring.com.

Open farm

Open Farm Day is 1-4 p.m. at Blue Whistler Farm, 9923 Roxboro Road, Bahama. Free. For more information, go to facebook.com/Bluewhistlerfarm.

I Heart Art

The I Heart Art fundraiser for the Art Therapy Institute is 3-6 p.m. at 21C Museum Hotel, 111 N. Corcoran St., Durham. The event will feature live music, an art auction and refreshments. Tickets: $25; free for ATI clients and children under 18. ncati.org

‘13th’

The documentary “13th” screens at 3 p.m. at the Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. Free with admission. nasher.duke.edu

Duke concert

The Choral Society of Durham, Duke Chorale and Durham Medical Orchestra perform at 4 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium at Duke University, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. Tickets: $5-$22. music.duke.edu

Organ recital

Acclaimed organist Jonathan Moyer performs at 5 p.m. at Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Free. chapel.duke.edu

Monday

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.

Tuesday

State of the City

Durham Mayor William Bell presents his final State of the City Address from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during a luncheon at Bay 7 on the American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St. The event also will honor Bell, who is retiring after serving 16 years as mayor. Tickets: $75. Tickets available at durhammag.com/stateofthecity2017. durhamnc.gov, bit.ly/2kuWAaJ

Provost Forum

Registration is due by 3 p.m. for the Provost Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Penn Pavilion, 107 Union Drive, Duke University. The theme for the event is “Policing Color: Black, Brown and Blue.” For more information and to register, go to bit.ly/2m87iVQ or provost.duke.edu.

Durham Mardi Gras

The annual Durham Mardi Gras Parade and After Party begins at 6:30 p.m. at CCB Plaza, 201 Corcoran St. The opening ceremony is 6:45 p.m. and the parade begins at 7 p.m. The parade will travel down Foster Street, turn on Corporation Street and end at the intersection of Rigsbee Avenue and Geer Street. Live music and performances will be featured at various locations throughout downtown. Free. The deadline to register for walking groups interested in participating in the parade is Monday, Feb. 27. durhammardigras.com

Homeowner associations

Nonprofit HEAR4NC holds a free public session on homeowner association issues in North Carolina from 7-8:30 p.m. at Cameron Village Regional Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. Al Ripley, director of the Consumer Action Network of the N.C. Justice Center, will speak. The meeting also will feature a discussion of bills being introduced to the state legislature. A question and answer session will follow. For more information call 919-631-5672. HEAR4NC.com

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.

Wednesday

Blood drives

A blood drive for the American Red Cross is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Law at North Carolina Central University, 640 Nelson St., Durham. Another drive this week is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park.

Blood donations can be made at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center, 4737 University Drive, Suite 3, Durham. 800-733-2767, redcrossblood.org

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

Overeaters Anonymous

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

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. northgatemall.com

Thursday

Coded racism

Law professor and author Ian Haney López discusses the historical use of coded racism, or “political dog whistles,” in election campaigns at 5:30 p.m. in Page Auditorium at Duke University, 402 Chapel Drive, Durham. The talk, “Dog Whistle Politics: Race, Policy and Economic Inequality,” will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public. Parking is available for a fee in the Bryan Center parking deck. bit.ly/2lvCn2V

Exhibit opening

The opening reception is 5:30-9 p.m. for the exhibit “All Matterings of Mind: Transcendent Imagery From the Contemporary Collection” at the Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Campus Drive, Durham. The event will feature a highlights tour and live performances. The exhibit runs through Aug. 27. nasher.duke.edu

Ethics Film Series

The Ethics Film Series presents the film “Semper Fi: Always Faithful” at 7 p.m. in the Ahmadieh Family Conference Room, West Duke 101, Durham. Free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A discussion will follow. The series, “Water: Friend or Foe,” runs through April. bit.ly/2j3l89v

‘Half-Earth

Biologist, researcher and naturalist Edward O. Wilson discusses “Half-Earth: How to Save the Natural World” at 7 p.m. at Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. Acclaimed musician Paul Simon is scheduled to perform. Tickets: $15-$25; 919-560-3030, carolinatheatre.org. Part of the Biodiversity Days series of lectures March 2-3 at Duke University. bit.ly/2lGvPAC, bit.ly/2lw8BuH, eowilsonfoundation.org

New Hope Audubon

New Hope Audubon Society meets from 7-9 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill. Shilo Felton, with the N.C. State University Department of Applied Ecology, will discuss “Ecology and Conservation of American Oystercatchers.” Free and open to the public. newhopeaudubon.org

Fortepiano concert

The Rare Music Concert features a performance by Christina Kobb on fortepiano at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room at the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. music.duke.edu

Friday

Senior Games

Early registration for the Durham Senior Games and SilverArts Showcase is due. 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

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

Saturday

Bird walk

New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of 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 jim.capel@mindspring.com.

Also, the society is sponsoring a stream water quality monitoring event at 9 a.m. at several sites on New Hope Creek. To participate, email John Kent at jnkent25@gmail.com by Wednesday, March 1.

Making candles

Learn how to make candles at the family Craft Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. The event also will feature an open house. Cost: $1 per person. 919-620-0120, facebook.com/Stagville

Bulls Fan Fest

The Durham Bulls Fan Fest is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St. Free. Participants will be able to take batting practice on the field, get a behind-the-scenes tour of the DBAP and purchase single-game tickets. Before the festival, auditions for national anthem performers are from 8-9 a.m. durhambulls.com

‘The Lorax’

A reading of Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax” and children’s activities focusing on environmental health are planned from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in the Discovery Nook, Suite 118, in the Children’s Alleyway at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Free. The program is being held as part of Read Across America. The Durham County Library bookmobile also will be on site. northgatemall.com

Bennett Place

The Civilian’s War lecture series is 1 p.m. Saturdays March 4-25 in the Visitor Center at Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Angela Marritt opens the series March 4 with a discussion on “Women Working During Reconstruction.” Cost: $5 per session. For more information and a schedule of lectures, go to bennettplacehistoricsite.com.

Resistance Rodeo

The Resistance Rodeo is 4-7 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Food trucks and a beer tent will be featured. Sponsored by the People Alliance. durhamcentralpark.org, bit.ly/2lM4vBe

String concerts

The violin and cello group of the Duke University String School performs at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the Nelson Music Room at the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive, Durham. The String School Orchestra performs at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 5, in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive. Both concerts are free. music.duke.edu

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, cconero@aol.com

Markets

▪ 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

Please send announcements two weeks before your event to durham@newsobserver.com.

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