Durham News: Community

Daybook: April 23-29

Durham Earth Day Festival is Sunday, April 23, at Durham Central Park. Above, Morgan Reese makes a birdhouse at a previous festival.
Durham Earth Day Festival is Sunday, April 23, at Durham Central Park. Above, Morgan Reese makes a birdhouse at a previous festival. News & Observer file photo


Jewish Food Festival

The Jewish Food Festival is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham. Free admission. bit.ly/2ovTXH9, levinjcc.org

Earth Day Festival

Durham Earth Day Festival is noon to 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St. Free admission; rain or shine. The event will feature a Sustainability Expo, Earth Day Market, live music, performances, a parade, children’s activities and food vendors. For more information, go to bit.ly/2oJj2zp or bit.ly/2nSNhje. durhamnc.gov

Farm tour

The 22nd annual Piedmont Farm Tour continues from 2-6 p.m. The event, a fundraiser for Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, features tours and other activities at farms in Alamance, Chatham, Orange and Person counties. For information, go to bit.ly/2otpwT0 or carolinafarmstewards.org.

‘Life and Death’

The Bach organ works concert “Life and Death: Probing the Depths of Emotion” is 5 p.m. at Duke University Chapel, 401 Chapel Drive, Durham. Free. chapel.duke.edu


Blood drives

A blood drive is 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Duke Regional Hospital, 3643 N. Roxboro St. Another blood drive this week is 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, at Imperial Center Winchester, 4309 Emperor Blvd.

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

Storytime in the Park

The drop-in program Storytime in the Park is 10-11 a.m. at Oval Drive Park, 2200 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Free. Recommended for children ages 1-5. Rain location: Walltown Park Recreation Center. durhamnc.gov

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. 800-477-6291, nar-anon.org


Trees Over Durham

The Trees Over Durham forum is 2:30-8 p.m. at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St. Free; advance registration required. bit.ly/2orCYnH, keepdurhambeautiful.org

Bennett Place

The third annual Civil War School Days program is April 25-27 at Bennett Place Historic Site, 4409 Bennett Memorial Road, Durham. Free; advance registration required. bit.ly/2orwmW5, bennettplacehistoricsite.com


Registration is due for the Apprenticeship Durham Employer Summit. The program is 7:30-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 27, in Building 10 at Durham Technical Community College, 1637 E. Lawson St. For information, go to bit.ly/2oRVybk. durhamnc.gov


Bird walk

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. 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.

Wednesday Market

The Wednesday Market of the Durham Farmers’ Market is open 3-6 p.m. in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. durhamfarmersmarket.com

‘Border Child’

Michel Stone reads from her book “Border Child: A Novel” at 7 p.m. at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-2700, regulatorbookshop.com


Horse & Buggy

Horse & Buggy Press and Friends holds a grand opening from 5-9 p.m. at its new location, 1116 Broad St., Durham. bit.ly/2oIChrD, horseandbuggypress.com

Duke Homestead

The documentary “The Rise and Fall of Liberty” screens at 6:30 p.m. at Duke Homestead Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Road, Durham. Free. dukehomestead.org

Duke gardens

The program Buy Healthy Plants and Plant Them Well is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Free; registration required. Durham County Extension Master Gardener Chris Apple will teach the class. 919-668-1707, bit.ly/2lS6aVN, gardens.duke.edu

‘J is for Jazz’

An opening reception is 6-8 p.m. for the exhibit “J is for Jazz” at the Museum of Durham History/History Hub, 500 W. Main St. museumofdurhamhistory.org


Book sale

The Friends of the Durham Library Grand Opening Book Sale is April 28-29 at the group’s new location, Books Among Friends at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. Hours are 3-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. No membership required; no bag sale. bit.ly/2pcVnoc, friendsofthedurhamlibrary.org, northgatemall.com

Art of Cool Festival

The Art of Cool Festival is April 28-30 at Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St. aocfestival.org


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.

I Love Durham Limpio

Volunteer to remove litter from parks, streets and streams at I Love Durham Limpio, or clean, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event kicks off in the parking lot across from the Scrap Exchange in Lakewood Shopping Center, 2050 Chapel Hill Road. An Educational Resources Fair also will be held. To register, go to bit.ly/2nB6cyo or keepdurhambeautiful.org.

Baseball clinic

Learn the basics of baseball at the Youth Baseball Clinic 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Valley Springs Park, 3805 Valley Springs Road, Durham. For ages 5-12; advance registration required. Cost: $6. bit.ly/2orl7gs, durhamnc.gov

Book swap

Durham County Library and Book Harvest hold a book swap 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Children’s Alleyway at Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd. The event is part of the Dia de Los Niños, Children’s Day, celebration. Bring books to swap for new ones. The event also will include music, performances and children’s activities. bit.ly/2paOh6k, northgatemall.com

Beats n Bars

The Art of Cool Official Day Party and Beats n Bars Festival is noon to 5 p.m. at CCB Plaza, 201 Corcoran St., Durham. Free. bit.ly/2pydMey

Kids’ Biathlon

The Kids’ Biathlon fitness event is 1- 4 p.m. at Edison Johnson Recreation Center, 500 W. Murray Ave., Durham. Free; for ages 5-12. Advance registration required. For information: bit.ly/2p0VeHt, durhamnc.gov.

Duke String School

The Duke University String School violin and cello group performance is 4 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room at the East Duke Building, 1304 Campus Drive, Durham. 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

Neighborhood grants

The deadline has been extended to Sunday, April 30, for Durham neighborhood groups to apply 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 and suicide prevention activities. For more information, go to bit.ly/2nFIIvI.

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 information, go to bit.ly/2mTe42H.

G.R.E.A.T. camps

Registration is open through May 1 for the Durham Police Department’s G.R.E.A.T. summer camps for children ages 9-13. For more information, go to bit.ly/2pdmsaz. durhamnc.gov


▪ The Durham Farmers’ Market is open 8 a.m. to noon in the Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St. 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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