Durham News: Community

Daybook: April 12-15

NC author Lee Smith will be at Greensboro Bound Literary Festival May 18-20 in downtown Greensboro
NC author Lee Smith will be at Greensboro Bound Literary Festival May 18-20 in downtown Greensboro Courtesy Algonquin Books


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. Open to birders of all skill levels. Canceled if heavy rain. For information, email David Anderson at d47anders@gmail.com.

Blood drives

A blood drive is 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Durham General Services Department, 2011 Fay St.

Other blood drives this week: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Hendrick Automotive Southpoint, 127 Kentington Drive; and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Praise and Deliverance Kingdom Community International, 10855 Quail Roost Road, Bahama.

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

Transit plans

A public hearing on Durham County’s transit plans is 9 a.m. at Durham City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza. Later, a drop-in public information workshop on the plans is 5-7 p.m. in Room 104 at the GoTriangle Administrative Office, 4600 Emperor Blvd. OurTransitFuture.com

Wednesday Market

The Wednesday Market of the Durham Farmers’ Market is open 3-6 p.m. durhamfarmersmarket.com

NCCU symposium

The Dan T. Blue Symposium in Political Science continues through Thursday, April 13, at North Carolina Central University, 1801 Fayetteville St., Durham. nccu.edu

Exhibit opens

The exhibit “Bottled Light” by Catherine Edgerton opens at the Carrack Modern Art, 947 E. Main St., Durham. A reception is 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 14, and an artist talk is 6 p.m. Saturday, April 15. thecarrack.org

Lupus support group

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

Book discussion

Stephanie Powell Watts discusses her debut novel, “No One is Coming to Save Us,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.

Symphony orchestra

The Duke Symphony Orchestra performs “Shakespearean Transformations” at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. The concert will feature works by Purcell, Bernstein and student composition and concerto contest winners. music.duke.edu


Wild Kingdom

Get a close look at owls, hawks, snakes, turtles and more at the Welcome to the Wild Kingdom program 5-7:30 p.m. at the Piedmont Wildlife Center, 364 Leigh Farm Road, Durham. Free. bit.ly/2otXmXR, piedmontwildlifecenter.org

Yappy Hour

The monthly Yappy Hour fundraiser for a future dog park at Rock Quarry Park is 6-8 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. Food and craft beer vendors will be on site. Dogs allowed. Admission: $10 suggested donation. bit.ly/2oCOK1a


Acclaimed novelist Lee Smith reads from her memoir, “Dimestore: A Writer’s Life,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.

Wind symphony

The Duke Wind Symphony performs at 8 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium, 1336 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. music.duke.edu

N.C. Science Festival

The seventh annual North Carolina Science Festival runs through April 23. More than 400 events are planned for all ages. For a schedule and ticket information, go to ncsciencefestival.org.


Holiday closings

▪ Most City of Durham offices are closed for the Good Friday holiday. City recreation centers are closed Friday, April 14, and Sunday, April 16.

No change in the garbage and recycling collection schedules. Bulk and yard waste normally collected on Friday will be collected Monday, April 17. The Waste Disposal and Recycling Center, Yard Waste Facility and Household Hazardous Waste Center are closed Friday.

Lake Michie and Little River Lake are open April 14-16. durhamnc.gov

▪ Durham County offices are closed. dconc.gov

▪ Durham County libraries are closed April 14-16. durhamcountylibrary.org

Dino Egg Hunt

Hunt for dinosaur eggs April 14-16 at the Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham. The event also features other prehistoric activities on the Dinosaur Trail and is recommended for children ages 6 and younger. Cost: $7; preregistration required. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. bit.ly/2mt22bl, lifeandscience.org

Children’s choir

The African Children’s Choir performs at 7 p.m. at Russell Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, 703 S. Alston Ave., Durham. Free; donations accepted. 919-682-2523, africanchildrenschoir.com

Collegium Musicum

The Duke University Collegium Musicum performs “Music for Resistance and Revolution” at 8 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room at the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive, Durham. Free. music.duke.edu


Chocolate 5K

The Chocolate 5K fundraiser for cancer support services begins at 9 a.m. at Old North Durham Park, 310 W. Geer St., Durham. bit.ly/2nB60Ql

Neighborhoods Hike

The annual Neighborhoods Hike: West Durham, East Campus and Beyond begins at noon at the corner of Ninth and Green streets. Free; no registration required. The three-mile hike is co-sponsored by the Museum of Durham History, Sierra Club and Old West Durham Neighborhood Association. Rain or shine. bit.ly/2nwAgel, bit.ly/2nP7hEe

Discovery Nook

Musician and storyteller Alex Weiss and his band Different Drum perform 12:30-2:30 p.m. at Discovery Nook, Suite 118 in the Children’s Alleyway at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Free. The Durham County Library bookmobile also will be on site. northgatemall.com

‘St. John Passion’

The Duke Chapel Bach Choir performs “St. John Passion” at 3 p.m. at Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Free. chapel.duke.edu

Poetry reading

Turkish scholar Erdağ Göknar reads from his new poetry collection, “Nomadologies,” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For information: 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com.

Calls for artists

Local and regional artists can apply for new public art projects sponsored by the City of Durham. Deadline to apply for the Neighborhood Park Mural Project is Monday, April 17. Deadline to apply for the Art Alcoves at City Hall project is Sunday, April 30. For information, go to bit.ly/2o2kL1x.

Farm tour

Ticket sales are underway for the 22nd annual Piedmont Farm Tour April 22-23. The event will feature tours and other activities at farms in Alamance, Chatham, Orange and Person counties. Two-day tickets: $30 advance per vehicle. The event is a fundraiser for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association. For information and tickets, go to bit.ly/2otpwT0 or carolinafarmstewards.org.

Senior Pet Month

Independent Animal Rescue is offering reduced fees in April for adoptions of senior cats or dogs. animalrescue.net

Youth Commission

Applications are being accepted through April 30 for the Durham Youth Commission. The group is open to students in grades 9-12. For more information, go to bit.ly/2mTe42H.


▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to noon in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. Master Gardeners will be on site to answer gardening questions. durhamfarmersmarket.com

▪ The Durham Roots Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to noon outside Stadium 10 Theaters at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. northgatemall.com, bit.ly/2mlYV9S

▪ The South Durham Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to noon in Greenwood Commons Shopping Center, 5410 N.C. 55. bit.ly/2nfpdKb, southdurhamfarmersmarket.org

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