Introduce your child to yoga
Enroll your child in Kidz Yoga and watch him or her gain confidence and self-control, the ability to relax and concentrate, plus balance and flexibility. The next session will be held at reCharge Pilates & Barre (3515 Witherspoon Blvd) on Friday, June 2, 6pm. There is a $10 fee, but the first class is free if you register online. Call 919-797-0958 or click here for more info.
Long Ball baseball season is here
Opening Days for the Long Ball Durham RBI League youth baseball program are Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2, 6pm, at the Historic Durham Athletic Park (500 W Corporation). RBI stands for Reviving Baseball in Inner cities, and young men ages 13 to 17 are getting extensive training in the game (with many going on to win scholarships and spots on high school and college teams). There are two Opening Days due to the number of teams participating in the program. Free admission; take $$$ for refreshments. Call 919-236-3101 or click here for more info.
Learn some basic swashbuckling moves at the Olympic Fencing Introduction offered on Friday, June 16, 5:30–6:30pm, at the Mid-South Fencers’ Club (125 N Gregson St). It’s free and for people age 7 and up; be sure to wear comfortable clothes and closed-toe shoes. Please wear clothes you can move in and toe-covered shoes. Call 919-286-3100 to reserve your spot and click here to learn more about the club.
Futsal spring season
The spring season of futsal is about to begin! Never heard of it? Futsal started in South America and is getting really popular here—it’s a scaled-down, even quicker version of soccer (fútbal). It’s fast and it’s fun. David Fallerath heads up Durham Atlético, an adult (age 16+) futsal league that plays its games in Sherwood Park, WD Hill (both indoors and outside in The Rink), Lyon Park, and The Cage (on the American Tobacco Campus).
Click here to see the schedule for the rest of the month, and then go watch a game or two. It’s super fun!
Bouncing Bulldogs build a new center
The world-champion Bouncing Bulldogs jumprope team held the grand opening of its new Community Center last month. The center is the first of its kind, housing a gymnasium that’s built specifically for the sport of jumprope. If you missed the grand opening, watch this short video that I made, which captured the spirit of the day.
Visit bouncingbulldogs.org for more info on the team, and the workshops and summer-camp activities that are in the works.
Durham NC parkrun
If you like to run for fun, join Durham NC parkrun. Once you register, you can take part in timed 5k runs on Saturdays starting at 8am in Southern Boundaries Park (100 Third Fork Dr). Print out your barcode from the website so the officials can give you your time. Check out the course here, and click here to sign up/print out your barcode. It’s free; click here to see typical questions asked of the volunteer organizers (or simply write to email@example.com with your questions. Some of the runners relax after the weekly run at Foster’s Market in Durham (2694 Durham–Chapel Hill Blvd (aka Hwy 15-501))—if you have the time, feel free to join them.
Pony Ride (on bikes)
The Adventure Cyclists of Bull City (AC/BC), Durham Cycles, Seven Stars Cycles, and Bullseye Bicycle are banding together to cosponsor the Pony Ride on Tuesday, May 9. Meet at the Major the Bull sculpture in CCB Plaza (Corcoran St between Chapel Hill and Parrish Sts) at 6pm and join a bike ride that will end at Ponysaurus Brewing Co (219 Hood St). Visit the Facebook page to stay current with this monthly event.
Heart & Sole Mall Walkers
Lots of folks join the Heart & Sole Mall Walkers Club and walk at their leisure in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) anytime between 7am and 9pm Monday through Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays. Stop by the Food Gallery on Tuesday, May 9, 8:30am, for the free monthly breakfast and info session about the Durham YMCA before starting your morning walk. Call 919-286-4400 or click here for more info.
Durham Bike+Walk Plan
The City of Durham’s final draft of the Durham Bike+Walk Plan is now available online. Ideas were accepted from residents, consultants, and others and combined into one document. You’re encouraged to take a look at it and make your suggestions for improvements or voice your concerns through Friday, April 28.
Click here to get to the cover page of the Bike+Walk Plan; links to the online and print-friendly versions are provided. When you’re ready to add your input, click here to send your ideas/concerns to Bryan Poole. Or you can attend a drop-in–style public meeting in the Temple Building (302 W Main St) on April 18, 4:30–6:30pm.
Heels in Motion mall walkers
Start your walking routine by joining Heels in Motion, the mall-walkers at Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd). The mall opens for walkers Monday–Saturday at 8am (and closes at 9pm), and Sundays at 10am (closes at 7pm). Stop in at the Food Court on Wednesday, May 24, 8am, for the free breakfast and health talk before starting your morning walk. Call 919-572-6450 or click here for more info; sign up at any time at the Welcome Center on the ground floor. They keep a notebook on the desk where you can keep track of your mileage every day.
Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend a DPR event and the weather’s iffy, just call the DPR Weather Line or visit their Facebook page to see whether the event has been cancelled.
Sign up for programs online first by opening an account: Go to DPRPlayMore.org, click on “Register Online,” and then click on “Request New Account” in the upper right-hand corner.