from the AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY, 800-227-2345 x1, website:
The Road to Recovery program provides free rides to and from cancer-related treatments for Durham County residents. You need to give at least four business days’ notice, with the date, time, and location of your appointment. This service operates on weekdays, 8am to 5pm, and it relies on volunteer drivers—so if you have the time and ability to offer assistance as a driver, please click here for more information. Drivers might not be able to accommodate physically disabled patients, but it’s usually okay to take a friend/family member who can help you in and out the vehicle.
from the AMERICAN RED CROSS — CENTRAL NORTH CAROLINA CHAPTER, 4737 University Dr, Durham, 919-489-6541,
Have you ever said, “One of these days I’m gonna learn first aid”? The American Red Cross holds classes at their facility on University Dr and online classes with one-day classroom components. Those classes are listed below. Check the website for the online-only classes, which you can take at your convenience. Pay for the classes at the office or online:
Visit redcross.org/nc/raleigh for the Triangle Area Chapter’s classes, which are held in Raleigh.
from the CITY OF DURHAM — NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT SERVICES, 807 E Main St, Building 2, Suite 2-300, Durham, 919-560-1647:
Landlords, property managers, resident managers, and anyone else involved in rental-property management are invited to attend the City’s Landlord Training Workshop on Thursday, April 20, 8am–5pm. Learn about City code enforcement, the Proactive Rental Inspection Ordinance (PRIP), the new Property Management Entrepreneurs Program Plan (PMEP), learn how to manage properties effectively, screen applicants and how to successfully deal with illegal activities that could jeopardize your other tenants and your property. There’s a $10 fee for materials (be sure to pay by check or money order by Monday, April 17); call for more info.
from the CITY OF DURHAM — SOLID WASTE DEPARTMENT:
You can drop off Hazardous Household Waste on Tuesdays and Wednesdays noon to 6pm, Thursdays and Fridays 7:30am to 3pm, and Saturdays 7:30am to 3pm, at 1900 E Club Blvd. They'll take paint, used motor oil, pesticides, fertilizers, pool cleaner, strong cleansers, stains, varnishes, and fluorescent bulbs. If necessary, wrap the containers with newspapers to absorb spills and place them cardboard boxes for safe transport. For individuals only, not commercial users. Call the City of Durham—Environmental Resources Dept at 919-560-4381 or visit City of Durham—Hazardous Waste for more info.
from the CONGRESSIONAL INSTITUTE:
High school artists are invited by the Congressional Institute to take part in the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which can result in a trip to Washington DC for the winners. To compete, the students must live in the First Congressional District (Congressman GK Butterfield’s district). Judges are looking forward to see two-dimensional original works (paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, collages, and computer-generated art). Each piece has to be easily moveable, which means no larger than 26 inches tall, 26 inches wide, and 4 inches in diameter (thick), including the frame, if the piece uses one; and the weight limit is 15 pounds (including frame).
The winners will receive two roundtrip tickers to Washington DC, where they will be recognized at a special reception/ceremony—and their works will be on display for one year at the US Capitol.
Each student should also send a photo of the work being submitted (by mail or email) and write a one-paragraph statement explaining why you created it and what it means to you. A Student Information & Release Form should also be on record; click here to get it. Submissions must be received by the Friday, April 21, 5pm deadline via post : ATTN: 2017 Congressional Art Submission, 411 W Chapel Hill St, Suite 905, Durham NC 27701 or via email: GKBArt@mail.house.gov (type “2017 Congressional Art Submission” on the subject line).
Call 919-908-0164 for more info … and Good Luck!
from DURHAM COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE:
Durham County Fire & Rescue offers a free service where you can have someone carefully check over the child seat that you use in your car or van. There's no industry standard when it comes to their operation and installation and parents are often surprised to find out that they haven’t installed their child seat correctly. The Durham Fire Department no longer offers this service but three of the County stations do:
Be sure to call to make an appointment.
from the DURHAM COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES, 414 E Main St, 919-560-8000, website:
DSS has a new mobile app, which you can use to complete and send applications for Food & Nutrition Services, Work First benefits, and Medicaid. You can also send documents for Crisis/Emergency Assistance applications. Grab your cell phone and go to dssmobile.dconc.gov. You’ll need to enter your date of birth and either your social security number or county case number. The DSS Mobile App is a secure website. By using the camera on your cell phone, you’ll be able to “Click It! Snap It! Send It” and save lots of time and effort.
from the DURHAM SOLIDARITY CENTER, 1803 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite C, email@example.com, website:
The Durham Solidarity Center recently held an open house at its new location in the Lakewood community. Totally run by volunteers, the center supports the efforts of social justice workers and organizations. Sound equipment—microphones (both wired and wireless), portable PAs, speakers with speaker stands, and large and small bullhorns—can be borrowed from the DSC office; they’ll also show you how to use the equipment. Supplies, including legal-observer hats, vests for marshals, first-aid supplies, candles and glowsticks for vigils, dropcloths for banner making, and pop-up tents, can also be provided for protests.
The DSC’s conference and coworking space can be used for meetings, film screenings, and planning space; ask about details on coworking weekly rates and one-time rentals. The space comes with portable projectors, easels, a button maker, and a large library of subversive and otherwise helpful materials. Click here to reserve the conference room.
from DURHAM TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE / THE SMALL BUSINESS CENTER, 400 W Main St, 3rd floor of the SouthBank Bldg, Durham, 919-536-7241, durhamtech.edu/sbc:
Durham Tech’s Small Business Center offers free classes and seminars to entrepreneurs who are planning or starting their own businesses. Check the website for additional classes and workshop series, and be sure to register by clicking the link given above:
from the NC WORKS CAREER CENTER, 1105 S Briggs Ave, 919-560-6880; website: