Durham News: Community

Daybook: March 8-11

An opening reception for the exhibit “Color Search” by Judy Keene is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham. Above is an oil painting from Keene’s Canyon Series.
An opening reception for the exhibit “Color Search” by Judy Keene is 5-7 p.m. Saturday, March 11, at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham. Above is an oil painting from Keene’s Canyon Series. Contributed Craven Allen Gallery


Bird walk

New Hope Audubon Society holds a bird walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. in front of Wild Bird Center at East Gate Shopping Center, 1800 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 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 David Anderson at d47anders@gmail.com.

Lunchtime Classics

The Ciompi Quartet’s free Lunchtime Classics program is noon in the Holsti Room at Rubenstein Library at Duke University, 411 Chapel Drive, Durham. The quartet will perform works by Franz Schubert. music.duke.edu

Lupus support group

The Lupus Foundation support group meets from 6-7:30 p.m. in Wilson Parlor of First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham. Free. Drop-ins welcome. For more information: 877-849-8271, ext. 1, info@lupusnc.org, lupusnc.org.

Symphony concert

The Duke Symphony Orchestra performs at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive. Free. Featured performer is clarinetist Jimmy Gilmore. music.duke.edu

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


Red Cross volunteers

The Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross is seeking volunteer drivers for its transportation program. Office volunteers also are being sought. An open house for those interested in volunteering is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Red Cross office in Durham, 4737 University Drive. For more information, call Jeffrey Isaacson, volunteer services specialist, at 919-489-6541, ext. 4120, or email jeffrey.isaacson@redcross.org.

Exhibit opens

The exhibit “Water” opens at Pleiades Gallery, 109 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. The exhibit, by gallery artists, runs through Saturday, May 6. A reception is 6-9 Friday, March 17. 919-797-2706, pleiadesartdurham.com

Networking social

The Durham Business and Professional Chain holds a networking social from 6-8:30 p.m. at Nzinga’s Cafe, 826 Fayetteville St., Suite 110, Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center, Durham. Free; registration required. 919-683-1047, facebook.com/durhambusinesschain

Piano concert

A free concert featuring works by African-American composer Florence Price is 8 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room at the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive, Durham. Pianist Karen Walwyn will perform. music.duke.edu

Pop-up exhibit

The pop-up exhibit “Forts” is open through Sunday, March 19, at the Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. Free with admission. lifeandscience.org


Blood drive

The 100th Anniversary Blood Drive for the American Red Cross is 2:30-7 p.m. at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Donors will receive a gift card for the mall’s food court. To donate, sign up at redcrossblood.org using sponsor code Northgate. northgatemall.com

Golden Leaf Awards

Durham residents can cast their votes for the annual Golden Leaf Awards through Friday, March 17. The awards recognize Durham properties that offer the best visual or environmental contributions to the community. To view nominated properties and vote for the People’s Choice Award, go to durhamgoldenleaf.com. durhamnc.gov

Neighborhood grants

Durham neighborhood groups can apply through Sunday, March 26, for matching city grants up to $1,500 for projects that benefit residents’ health. The city’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department is partnering with Duke University Health System and Healthy Durham 20/20 for the Neighborhood Matching Grants for Health program. Projects eligible for funding include urban gardening, healthy cooking classes, suicide prevention activities and more. For more information and to apply, go to bit.ly/2ls2MO3.


Visual artist applications are being accepted through May 15 for the annual CenterFest arts celebration Sept. 16-17 in downtown Durham. For more information, go to centerfest.durhamarts.org.


Spelling Bee

Sixty spellers from schools in Durham and Orange counties face off at the Duke University Regional Spelling Bee from 9 a.m. to noon at Riverside High School, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham. Free admission. bit.ly/2mLd0cv

Women in Government

The seminar Women in Government: How to Get Involved, Volunteer, Become or Support a Candidate is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road, Chapel Hill. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham and Chatham counties. Cost: $20-$30. Advance registration required. bit.ly/2lTCx5K

‘Genius of Black Women’

A Women’s History Month program honoring visionary black women in arts and social justice is 11 a.m. at Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Valerie A. Johnson will discuss “Speaking Truth, Giving Voice: A Talk in Celebration of the Genius of Black Women in North Carolina.” Free. 919-620-0120, facebook.com/Stagville

Holi Festival

A Holi Festival of colors is 1-4 p.m. on the lawn at Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, 427 W. Main, Durham. Participants will celebrate the arrival of spring by throwing colored powder at each other. viceroydurham.com

Bennett Place

The Civilian’s War lecture series is 1 p.m. Saturdays through March 25 in the Visitor Center at Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Michelle Lanier discusses “African-American Women During the Civil War” on Saturday, March 11. Cost: $5 per session. For more information and a schedule of lectures, go to bennettplacehistoricsite.com.

‘Color Search’

An opening reception for the exhibit “Color Search” by Judy Keene is 5-7 p.m. at Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 1/2 Broad St., Durham. The exhibit runs through Saturday, May 6. cravenallengallery.com

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

Library hours expanded

Durham County Library has expanded hours at several branch libraries due to the recent closure of the Main Library for renovations. Also, the Downtown Library Without Walls program is providing library outreach programs at various locations throughout Durham. durhamcountylibrary.org

College information

The College Foundation of North Carolina Overview for Teens and Parents, a series of free informational sessions, continues through May 9 at various Durham County libraries. Services offered by the foundation will be discussed. A question and answer session will follow. For more information and a program schedule, go to bit.ly/2mB2f0G. durhamcountylibrary.org


▪ 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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