Learn some basic swashbuckling moves at the Olympic Fencing Introduction offered on Saturday, August 5, noon–1pm, 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 closed-toeshoes. Call 919-286-3100 to reserve your spot and click here to learn more about the club.
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, August 8, 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.
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, August 8. 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.
LCHC Walk Club
The Lincoln Community Health Center Walk Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–10am, at WD Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St). Call 919-956-4000 for more info.
St Paul Community Bowling League
The St Paul AME Community Bowling League will gear up for the fall season with an Interest Meeting on Sunday, August 27, 4:15pm, at AMF Bowling Lanes (4508 Durham–Chapel Hill Blvd (Hwy 15-501)). Bowling night for fall-league play will Sundays starting at 5pm. For more info, contact Carlotta Armstrong-Young at 919-929-9948 or email@example.com or Angeline Warren at 919-967-6450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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, August 23, 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.