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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, April 25, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, April 25, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, April 25, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

North Carolina Central University’s Jazz Studies department announces the 31st annual NCCU Jazz Festival (Spring #JazzWeek 2022) from Monday, April 25 through Saturday, April 30 at various locations. Enjoy a series of free jazz concerts featuring students, faculty, and special guest artists. Saxophonist and vocalist Camille Thurman and NCCU’s Ella Fitzgerald Scholars in Jazz will present a Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald on Monday, April 25, 7pm, at NorthStar Church of the Arts (220 W Geer St). Visit the website to view the entire schedule.

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, April 26, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

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​​Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, April 26, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, April 26 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, April 26, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, April 26, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

​​​The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host Virtual Trivia Tuesday on April 26, 6–7pm. Test your knack for remembering science facts, current news, and pop culture. Click here for more info and to register for this free, fun online event.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on April 26 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, April 26, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, April 27, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, April 27, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on April 27 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, April 27, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Meek Makings (host of Durham’s Home Goods Market) will host an Upcycle Sewing Workshop at Sew Crafty (104 W Parrish St) on Wednesday, April 27, 6–8:30pm. Recycle old clothing and inexpensive materials and learn how to make a Reversible Bucket Hat. Materials will be provided and all skill levels are welcome. The class fee is $45; click here for more info and to register.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, April 27, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, April 28, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, April 28, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Durham Night Market will be set up on and around the American Tobacco Campus (318 Blackwell St) on Thursday, April 28, 5–9pm. This family- and dog-friendly outdoor event will feature a wide array of vendors and musical performers, and visitors are also encouraged to stop by local eateries and food trucks. The Paper & Stars Studio’s Children’s Market will offer free craft activities and kid-oriented vendors. Free admission; visit the Facebook page for more info, and click here if you’d like to be a vendor.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, April 28, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, April 28, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, April 28, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

The 31st annual North Carolina Central University Jazz Festival continues on Thursday, April 28 with a free NCCU Jazz Studies Student Concert, featuring Jazz Combo 2 (directed by Damon Brown), and Jazz Combo 3 (directed by Arnold George), and the Vocal Jazz Combo (directed by Dr Lenora Helm Hammonds) will begin at 7pm in the BN Duke Annex (Fayetteville and Lawson Sts). Visit the website to view the entire schedule.

The next Monti StorySLAM will be held on Thursday, April 28, 8pm, at the Carolina Theatre (300 W Morgan St). At this open storytelling event, anyone with a story that fits the month’s theme can get 5 minutes to tell that story. If you’d like to compete, you can fill out a form when you arrive; eight participants are chosen at random by pulling their names out of a hat. This month’s theme is “What Was I Thinking?,” featuring personal stories about questionable decisions. One winner will be announced, and he or she will be invited to compete in the Monti GrandSLAM later this year. Tickets are $22; click here to get yours from eventbrite.

The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on April 29, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

Counter Culture Coffee (812 Mallard Ave) will host Shift Drink™ on Friday, April 29, 11am–2pm. Enjoy a flavored coffee and make a donation for this month’s featured nonprofit, Coalition for the Homeless. This is a monthly pop-up that introduces various coffees and shines the spotlight on local community organizations. Don’t forget your mask. Click here for more info and to register for this free event.

Durham Community Engagement will host Our Community Stories: Pearsontown on Friday, April 29, noon–1pm. Learn about this historic African-American community (which is located along Fayetteville St/Rd, between Nelson St and Cornwallis Rd, including Pilot St, Burlington Ave, and Mutual Heights. The discussion will be led by Carl Hodges Jr and Daryl Carlton. Visit the Facebook event page for more info (click on “Go to Link” to register and to get the Zoom link).

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, April 29, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, April 29, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site.

 

The 31st annual North Carolina Central University Jazz Festival continues on Friday, April 29, 8pm, with a free concert featuring the NCCU Jazz Faculty at the NCCU Student Center (Fayetteville and Cecil Sts). Visit the website to view the entire schedule. 

The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, April 30 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, April 30, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, April 30, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

A gigantic Party for the Planet, the local event culminating the monthlong NC Science Festival, will be held at the Museum of Life and Science (433 W Murray Ave) on Saturday, April 30, 10am–3pm. This environmental education event will include all kinds of workshops covering topics such as  what happens to our bodies when we die and the concept of conservation burial with the Bluestem Conservation Cemetery; citizen science projects like the Triangle Bird Count, where regular folks help monitor the diversity of bird species; and the importance of using water efficiency with the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management (plus a special appearance by mascot Wayne Drop). We Plant It Forward will give away native tree seedlings, Durham Bioblitz will teach about biodiversity and urban ecology, and the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Youth Team will lead climate-conscious crafts activities. Admission to this event is included when you pay the usual admission fee of the Museum—free for Museum members, $23 for the general public, $21 for seniors (age 65+), $18 for kids ages 3 to 12, free for young children age 2 and under, and $21 for US Military with current ID); click here for more info and to see the entire schedule.

Selena Lorraine Photography and Student U will cohost the Spring Handmade Arts and Craft Fair at the WG Pearson Center (600 E Umstead St) on Saturday, April 30, 11am–3pm. Enjoy shopping with a wide variety of vendors and food trucks. Parking will be available at 1200 Spaulding St. Free admission; click here for more info.

The POOF Training and Event Center (1100 N Miami Blvd) will cohost Holloway Street Live on Saturday, April 30, 11am–3pm, in their parking lot. Celebrate the culture and legacy of East Durham with music, kids’ activities, food trucks, vendors, and a bicycle raffle. Free admission; the POOF Center’s partners are the City of Durham’s Equitable Community Engagement Department and the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People.

The last two concerts of the 31st annual North Carolina Central University Jazz Festival will take place at the new NCCU Student Center (Fayetteville and Cecil Sts) on Saturday, April 30. Enjoy Jazz on the Lawn (and celebrate International Jazz Day) at 4:30pm; later, at 8pm, check out the NCCU Jazz Ensemble (directed by Dr Brian Horton) and the NCCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble (directed by Dr Lenora Helm Hammonds). Click here to learn more about North Carolina Central University’s renowned Jazz Studies program.

Sólo Cantar: A Celebration of Life through Story and Song! will be held at the Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre (120 Morris St) on Saturday, April 30, 7pm. The show illustrates the healing power of music as it honors the life of LeLaina’s father, Luis, who died of ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Covers of popular songs and originals will be performed by a talented group of musicians led by Brevan Hampden and Le’Andra McPhatter. Tickets are $30; click here to purchase yours. You can also choose to watch the show on YouTube for free; if you’d like to make a donation, you can do so by clicking here. Proceeds will be donated to the ALS Association–North Carolina Chapter. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Singer/songwriter Blake Addison will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, April 30, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

The Durham Really Really Free Market is back and will take place in the Lyon Park Playground (1200 W Lakewood Ave) on Sunday, May 1, 2–4pm. Display items (household goods, clothing, toys, books, furniture, etc) that you’re willing to give away and take items that catch your eye home with you. Please do your best to wash/sanitize items. The volunteers will be wearing masks and gloves, and everyone is expected to wear face masks and practice social distancing. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, May 2, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, May 2, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, May 2, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

The next Durham City Council Regular Meeting will be held on Monday, May 2, 7–10pm. You can choose to attend in person in City Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) or via the City’s YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (via the free Boxcast app), Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, or AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Durham.

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, May 3, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

     *  Our Sacred Circles & Joyoushout

​​Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, May 3, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

 

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, May 3 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, May 3, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, May 3, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host Virtual Trivia Tuesday on May 3, 6–7pm. Test your knack for remembering science facts, current news, and pop culture. Click here for more info/instructions and to register for this free, fun online event.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 6:30–8pm. Toastmasters Clubs are great places to develop your public-speaking skills in a supportive environment. Guests and newbies are encouraged to attend; visit their Facebook page for more info. You can choose to attend in person at 1305 Hillsborough Rd or virtually (contact them via Facebook Messenger for more info). GoDurham 11 & 11B.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Tuesday, May 3, 6:30–8pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on May 3 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, May 3, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, May 4, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, May 4, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on May 4 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, May 4, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Rediscover the fun of playing board games during Game Night at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Wednesday, May 4, 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors/venues will be close by. If you really like board games and would be interested in offering feedback to board-game designers, return on the 4th Wednesday (May 25) for Designer Game Night. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Triangle Content Creators will host a workshop, Master the Art of the Interview with Kathy Hanrahan, on Wednesday, May 4, 6–8pm, at Raleigh Founded (310 S Harrington St). Learn how to use IG and TikTok to promote your podcasts, YouTube videos, and blogs. Free admission; click here for more info and to register.

Basket Bashers Disc Golf and The Glass Jug Beer Lab are cohosting a Disc Golf Pop-Up in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30pm. Learn how to play on the temporary 9-hole disc golf putting course. It’s free to play and learn, and if you really get into the sport, Basket Bashers will have discs and gear for sale. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, May 4, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

The next Meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society will be held at the OWASA Community Center (400 Jones Ferry Rd, in Carrboro), on Wednesday, May 4, 7–9pm. Andrienne Berney, outreach coordinator for the State Archives of North Carolina, will present “Freedom, Hard Times, and Tall Tales: Local Stories from the WPA Slave Narrative Collection.” The public can attend the live event and members can choose to attend in person or via Zoom. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, May 5, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next Durham City Council Work Session will be held on Thursday, May 5, 1–5pm. You can choose to attend in person in City Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) or via the City’s YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (via the free Boxcast app), Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, or AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Durham.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, May 5, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Enjoy Songstories Live at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Thursday, May 5, 5:30–7:30pm. Local singer-songwriters will share some of their favorite original songs and the stories behind them. Free admission; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Visit the Facebook event page for more info and to get your free “ticket.”

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, May 5, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, May 5, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, May 5, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on May 6, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, May 6, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, May 6, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site. 

Durham Central Park’s PLAYlist Concert Series opens with Shana Tucker’s “An Evening with Sade” on Friday, May 6, 7pm, under the pavilion at 501 Foster St. Celloist Shana Tucker is known for her unique genre, Chamber Soul, where she deftly combines jazz, classical, R&B, advocacy, song, and storytelling. Concert partner WNCU/90.7fm will start simulcasting at 7 (with DJ Travis Gales) and the concert will start at 8. The concert will also be simulcast. Click here for more info and to get your free ticket. PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed due to the severe weather warning.

The Underground Collective will cohost Diggin in the Crates on Friday, May 6, 7–10pm, at Boricua Soul (705 Willard St). Enjoy R&B and hiphop provided by The Queen Curator; food will be available for purchase at Boricua Soul (click here to check out their menu). Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Enjoy some live jazz at the GPAZZ Live Music Hall (112 Hunt St) on Friday, May 6, 7–11:30pm, as vibraphonist and drummer Brandon Mitchell takes the stage. Tickets will range from $10 to $30; click here for your ticket(s). This show is cosponsored by Gmmcdigital Film/Video/Audio Productions.

Elisse Thompson and Al Nisa Lawson will cohost the Fresh Face Showcase at Bull City Ciderworks (305 S Roxboro St) on the first Friday, May 6, 8–9:30pm. Eyes Up Here Comedy has curated a show featuring headliner Brandy Brown, Aoife Sinclair, Jackie Flannigan, Ada Dolan, and Vanessa Okoyeh. Free admission ($5 donation suggested); visit the Facebook event page for more info.

This month’s Cars & Coffee will take place at Road Scholars (5425 Page Rd) on Saturday, May 7, 8–11am. If you’re into cars, you’ll enjoy seeing some hot rods, and classic and exotic cars and motorcycles, including the Road Scholars’ specialty, custom-restored Porsches. Food trucks (Chelsea’s Café, Chicago J Hotdogs, The Dapper Bean, Drizzle D’s, Hustle & Grind Espresso & Coffee Bar, and Portable Portugy) will be there and Oneblood will be collecting blood until noon. This month, you’re invited to meet members of the new, youth-centered Bull City Woodshop. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info. 

The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 7 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 7, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, May 7, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

Duke Athletics will host the Duke Athletics 5K Walk/Fun Run on the East Campus Trail on Saturday, May 7, 9:20am. This special event commemorates the 50th anniversary of Title IX, 50 years of varsity women’s athletics at Duke University, and continuing opportunities in sports for female student athletes around the country. It’s free to participate; click here for more info and to register. They’ll have raffle prizes and refreshments, and walkup registration might be possible if space allows.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at Ultimate Comics Durham (3742 Hwy 15-501) on Saturday, May 7, 10am–5pm. Pick up a free comic book, meet cosplayers, and look through back issues of comics that are on sale (some of which will be autographed). Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Carolina Theatre of Durham’s (309 W Morgan St) Family Saturday series features singer/songwriter Rissi Palmer on Saturday, May 7, 11am. Palmer sings and plays what she calls “Southern soul,” a catchy mix of country and R&B. Tickets are $5; click here for more info and to buy your ticket(s). Masks are recommended but not required, and the Carolina Theatre reserves the right to change its policies as necessary.

The MAKRS Society will host a Pop-Up Market at Golden Belt (800 Taylor St, in partnership with Hi-Wire Brewing Durham and J Lights Market & Café) on Saturday, May 7, 11am–3pm. Forty+ local artists and makers will be displaying and selling their work, and food trucks will be there as well. Click here and fill out a form if you’d like to participate in a future pop-up. If you’re accepted, you’ll be asked to pay a $60 fee. MLMs and direct sales (where you have bought other people’s products to sell) are not allowed. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Central Park School for Children’s annual Strawberry Festival will be held on Saturday, May 7, 11am–3pm, in Old North Durham Park (724 Foster St, behind Central Park’s Elementary School). Celebrate strawberries by dipping them in chocolate, painting faces and strawberry fingernails, enjoying local bands and food, and joining in fun-filled activities. There will also be a silent auction where you can bid on a variety of items and gift cards; the proceeds will benefit the schools (the School for Children is the elementary charter school, and the Middle School is close by, located at 121 Hunt St). Free admission; proceeds from food sales and game/activity fees will help with the school’s expenditures for transportation, nutrition, after-school care, club/camp/field trip scholarships, and technology equipment. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Paws4ever will host a Pet Preview at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Saturday, May 7, 11:30am–1:30pm. You’ll be able to meet adoptable dogs outdoors and play with them in the dog park to help you make your decision. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Southern Documentary Fund will host the hometown prèmiere of Stay Prayed Up on Saturday, May 7, 4pm, at the Carolina Theatre (309 W Morgan St, in Fletcher Hall). Enjoy this documentary about “Mother” Lena Mae Perry and her popular old-time gospel group, the Branchettes, who toured throughout the country (and even as far away as Ireland). At age 83 Perry recorded her first live concert album. Following the film will be a special performance by The Branchettes with Phil Cook and the Guitarheels. Tickets are $15; click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The Bull City Woodshop (1912 E Pettigrew St) will hold a 2x4 Outdoor Sofa workshop on Saturday, May 7, 4–7pm. Learn how to make a piece of furniture for outdoor relaxation by using the Woodshop’s miter saws, power drills, power sanders, and 2x4 lumber. The cost of the workshop is $150, and proceeds will help fund the Woodshop’s afterschool program. Click here for more info and to register.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will host the next Triangle Autism Discussion on Saturday, May 7, 4:30–6pm. Self- and professionally diagnosed people with autism are welcome to attend, as well as individuals in and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. Today’s topic will be Media. Visit the Facebook page for more info, and click here to sign up and to attend this free Zoom event.

Acoustic duo Ace & T-Bone will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, May 7, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Sunday, May 8, 1–4pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

Super Compare Foods (2000 Avondale Dr) will host Celebración del Día de las Madres (Mothers’ Day Celebration) on Sunday, May 8, 2pm. They’ll have music, dancing, raffles, games, and gifts. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, May 9, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

​The next District 2 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Monday, May 9, 6pm. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. Click here to register for the next meeting.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, May 9, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, May 9, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

The Triangle Orchid Society’s next meeting will be held at the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, May 9, 7:30pm. Courtney Hackney will lead a discussion on “My Personal Experience Making Cattleya Hybrids.” Visit the Facebook page  for more info; members can contact the TOS for the Zoom link if they prefer to attend virtually. 

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, May 10, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

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​​Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, May 10, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

 

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, May 10, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, May 10, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host Virtual Trivia Tuesday on May 10, 6–7pm. Test your knack for remembering science facts, current news, and pop culture. Click here for more info/instructions and to register for this free, fun online event.

The Straight Talk Support Group is for families of someone who has been recently sentenced, incarcerated, or on parole or probation. Talk about challenges and triumphs with those who share similar journeys and experiences with no judgment. Anyone with an interest in criminal justice, including college students, is welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 7–8pm; call or text 919-251-6071 for more info and to get the Zoom link.

Voyager Academy (4302 Ben Franklin Blvd) will host the 2022 Spring Concert of the High School Choral Arts program on Tuesday, May 10, 7pm. Tickets are $7 (free for Voyager Academy students with student IDs); ticket sales will start at 6:15pm. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on May 10 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, May 10, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, May 11, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

Create Professionals will host a half-day workshop, The Evolution of Hairloss, at the Durham Armory (212 Foster St) on Wednesday, May 11, noon–4pm. Licensed cosmetologists are invited to further their knowledge base with information on dealing with hairloss—identifying it, finding the cause, asking the right questions during consultations, and then dealing with it. This 4-ceu-hours workshop is state-board approved. Each attendee will receive a gift bag, refreshments, and a certificate. The class fee is $347 (30% discount); click here for more info and to register.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, May 11, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on May 11 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

Mike D’s BBQ (306 S Driver St) will host a Meet & Greet with District Court Judge Dave Hall on Wednesday, May 11, 5pm.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, May 11, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Rediscover the fun of playing board games during Game Night at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Wednesday, May 11, 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors/venues will be close by. If you really like board games and would be interested in offering feedback to board-game designers, return on the 4th Wednesday (May 25) for Designer Game Night. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, May 11, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Open Jam at the Friendly City Civitan Club (2510 Glendale Ave) on Wednesday, May 11, 7–9pm. Bring your voice or acoustic instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Free admission; visit the Facebook page for more info.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, May 12, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, May 12, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Spring into Health: The Durham County Community Health Fair will be held on Thursday, May 12, 3–7pm, at 533 E Main St. Learn more about health issues including how to quit smoking, chronic diseases, opioid/substance abuse, diabetes, diet and exercise, nutrition, hypertension, hands-on CPR training, health screenings (colon, blood pressure, glucose), COVID-19 vaccination and testing, and more. Shop with a wide variety of vendors, enjoy some music, and receive free hot food, food boxes, and gift cards. This free event was made possible through partnerships made with Durham County, the Community Health Coalition, BlueCross BlueShield NC, LATIN-19, Legal Aid NC, Duke Health, DHFC (Duke Health & Fitness Center), UPOH (United Providers of Health), El Centro Hispano, the Durham Housing Authority, Durham TRY (Together for Resilient Youth), Durham’s Partnership for Children, the African-American COVID Task Force+, and Optum Rx.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, May 12, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

The next District 5 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Thursday, May 12, 6pm. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. Click here to join at meeting time.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, May 12, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, May 12, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on May 13, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, May 13, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, May 13, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site. 

The Também Band will appear in concert at the GPAZZ Live Music Hall (112 Hunt St) on Friday, May 13, 8–11pm. The group, featuring pianist Ingrid Knight and Deborah Rosengarth on vocals and congas, plays jazzy music with South American influences. Tickets range from $12 to $30; click here for more info and to make your purchase.

The Slingshot Festival, a showcase for music, electronic art, and technology in the South, will be held at The Fruit (Durham Fruit & Produce Co at 506 S Dillard St) from Friday, May 13, 8pm to Sunday, May 15. Enjoy forward-thinking dance music ranging from downtempo, club, and hard techno with Carl Craig, Andy Stott and DJ Barker, Aurora Halal, Black Rave Culture, Volvox, Lady Starlight, and Introspekt. Avant-garde composer Debit will combine Mayan flutes with AI, and an ambient program will feature ULLA. Music producers Nick Boyd (originally from Winston-Salem) and Rose Kourts (from Charlotte) will also hold down some sets. Visit the website for more info and to buy your ticket(s).

​​The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 14 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 14, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, May 14, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

The next virtual District 3 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, May 14, 10am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. Click here to join at meeting time.

The next virtual District 4 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, May 14, 10am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. Click here to join at meeting time.

Jewels Outreach will host Jewels Feeding Friends, a food giveaway, on Saturday, May 14, 10am–noon, at the KIPP Charter School (1107 Holloway St). Please wear a mask and then pop open the trunk of your vehicle for the volunteers who will place a box of groceries inside.

One Love Christian Church (1315 Horton Rd) will host a Drive-Thru Food Distribution on Saturday, May 14, 11am–1pm. Call 919-688-2163 for more info.

St Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church (8306 Hwy 751) will host A Taste of Greece on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15, 11am–7pm. Enjoy Greek food and pastries (dine in or take out), shop at the Greek grocery, join tours of the church (at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30pm), and view the handmade jewelry, art, and souvenirs (available for purchase). You’re also invited to participate in the silent auction, with some of the proceeds going toward Ukrainian relief. Free admission; visit the website for more info.

Empowered Girls of NC will host their next Teen Table Talk on Saturday, May 14, noon–1pm. This is a safe space for young women to talk about their lives, challenges, and to share advice with the guidance of an adult facilitator. Click here for more info and to get your free “ticket.”

Singer/songwriter/multiinstrumentalist Mike Paris will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, May 14, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

The next APS Out & About will be held at Barnes Supply Co (774 Ninth St) on Sunday, May 15, 11am–2pm. The Animal Protection Society will have adoption-ready dogs to meet and play with prospective owners. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

ARTpost at Happymess (718 Iredell St) and Schrader Art will cohost Pop-Swap 4 on Sunday, May 15, 11am–3pm. Shop with more than 50 local vendors and community groups and enjoy music by Androgyny Music, Beany V, and DJ Gelato; an open mic; henna body art; tarot readings; a photo booth; and more. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

St Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church’s (8306 Hwy 751) second and final day of A Taste of Greece will be Sunday, May 15, 11am–7pm. Enjoy Greek food and pastries (dine in or take out), shop at the Greek grocery, join tours of the church (at 12:30, 2:30, and 4:30pm), and view the handmade jewelry, art, and souvenirs (available for purchase). You’re also invited to participate in the silent auction, with some of the proceeds going toward Ukrainian relief. Free admission; visit the website for more info.

The Black Farmers Market NC will host the Black Farmers Market at Hillside High School (3727 Fayetteville Rd) on Sunday, May 15, 1–4pm. Buy fresh produce and support Southern black farmers; visit the Facebook page
for more info.

Visual artist Stephen Hayes will lead the next Gallery Talk at the Nasher Museum of Art (2001 Campus Dr, at Anderson St) on Sunday, May 15, 2–3pm. The Durham-born artist/sculptor, who is also a professor of of the Practice of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University, has some of his works on display in the Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now exhibit. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Paul and Cora Harrison will host Concert for Julia at Judea Reform Congregation (1933 W Cornwallis Rd) on Sunday, May 15, 3pm. SONAM (Singers Of New and Ancient Music) will perform renditions of popular classical and pop music by artists such as Félix Mendelssohn, the Beatles, Paul Simon, the Indigo Girls, etc in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Harrison’s daughter, Julia. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, which hopefully will come later. Proceeds will benefit PORCH Chapel Hill/Carrboro, which provides snacks and meals to children and families in need.

The Choral Society of Durham will perform Johannes Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem on Sunday, May 15, 4pm, in Baldwin Auditorium (1336 Campus Dr). This beautiful piece uses biblical texts (in German) to take people who are in mourning/feeling profoundly sad to a place of comfort and joy. Tickets are $25, $15 for age 30 and under, $5 for students and those age 17 and under; click here to make your purchase.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, May 16, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, May 16, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, May 16, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

The Adam Dickinson Realty Group will present Dancing with the Carolina Stars on Monday, May 16, 7pm, at the Carolina Theatre (309 W Morgan St). Just like the TV show, celebrities will be paired with talented dancers in a competition that’s fun for all. Singer Clay Aiken will serve as host, and real estate agent Adam Dickinson, Kim Lan Grout from Jewish for Good, Jack Reitz from the Mettlesome comedy collective, and Britt Spruill from Eyes Up Here Comedy will serve as judges. Mayor Elaine O’Neal will welcome everyone and special appearances will be made by Wool E Bull and Pain Fonda. Here are the competing couples: Jennings Brody from Parker & Otis and Chet Miller with ballroom dancer David Therrell, Ricky Moore from the Saltbox Seafood Joint with Kristi Johnson from North Carolina Central University’s Dance Program and the Triangle Dance Project, Nicole Thompson from Downtown Durham Inc with ShaLeigh Comerford from ShaLeigh Dance Works, Senator Mike Woodard with Nicole Oxendine from Empower Dance Studio, and Nadira Hurley from Vert and Vogue with Willie Hinton from the Rebecca Kelly Dance Co and the Jubilation Dance Co. Tickets for this fundraiser are $100, which must be purchased in advance; click here for more info.

The next Durham City Council Regular Meeting will be held on Monday, May 16, 7–10pm. You can choose to attend in person in City Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) or via the City’s YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (via the free Boxcast app), Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, or AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Durham.

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, May 17, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The Piedmont Wildlife Center (364 Leigh Farm Rd) will host Pop-Up Birds-of-Prey Tours on Tuesday, May 17, 10–10:45am. Join a half-mile walk and get closeup views of local raptors. Tickets are $10; click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

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Shop Local Raleigh’s next Tech Tuesday webinar will be How to Be Successful on Camera on Tuesday, May 17, 10am. Kristen Baughman Taber from Tabletop Media Group will provide tips for developing a good on-camera presence for YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, your own webinars, etc. Click here for more info and to register for this free Zoom event.

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Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, May 17, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, May 17 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, May 17, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, May 17, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host Virtual Trivia Tuesday on May 17, 6–7pm. Test your knack for remembering science facts, current news, and pop culture. Click here for more info/instructions and to register for this free, fun online event.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Tuesday, May 17, 6:30–8pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, May 17, 6:30–8pm. Toastmasters Clubs are great places to develop your public-speaking skills in a supportive environment. Guests and newbies are encouraged to attend; visit their Facebook page for more info. You can choose to attend in person at 1305 Hillsborough Rd or virtually (contact them via Facebook Messenger for more info). GoDurham 11 & 11B.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on May 17 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pmGoDurham 1 & 4.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, May 17, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

The Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus will hold an Open Rehearsal at Yates Baptist Church (2819 Chapel Hill Rd) on Tuesday, May 17, 7–8pm. Stop in and enjoy the music and feel free to join in. Visit the Facebook page if you’d like to learn more about this popular singing ensemble.

​For now, Splat Space, Durham’s hackerspace, will hold its open meetings on first Tuesdays until they’re able to hold their in-person, weekly meetings. The next online meeting will be held on May 17, 7–9pm. Makers, hackers, and anyone interested in technology is welcome to learn about this membership organization that celebrates both creativity and technology. Visit the Splat Space website to learn more and call 919-704-4250 or write to info@splatspace.org if you have any questions.

The People’s Alliance Political Action Committee will hold an Elections Watch Party in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Tuesday, May 17, 7:30–11pm. Take a blanket or lawn chair and watch the election results as they come in. Two food trucks will be there for snacks and beverages.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, May 18, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, May 18, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on May 18 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, May 18, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Rediscover the fun of playing board games during Game Night at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Wednesday, May 18, 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors/venues will be close by. If you really like board games and would be interested in offering feedback to board-game designers, return on the 4th Wednesday (May 25) for Designer Game Night. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, May 18, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Open Jam at the Friendly City Civitan Club (2510 Glendale Ave) on Wednesday, May 18, 7–9pm. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Free admission; visit the Facebook page for more info.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, May 19, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next Durham City Council Work Session will be held on Thursday, May 19, 1–5pm. You can choose to attend in person in City Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) or via the City’s YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (via the free Boxcast app), Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, or AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Durham.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, May 19, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

John Allore will read from and talk about his true-crime book, Wish You Were Here, at Letters Bookshop (313 W Main St) on Thursday, May 19, 5:30–6:30pm. Wish You Were Here centers around the death of the author’s sister and the search for truth and justice that lasted for decades. Click here for more info, and please note that this book-signing is on the store’s walkup second floor.

The next meeting of the Raleigh-Durham Chapter of Black Girls Do Bike will be held on Thursday, May 19, 5:30pm. Yevette Yarborough-Trotman and Simone Kellum Hamlett will share their thoughts about being regular cyclists on urban streets and will encourage black girls and women to join them. Click here to register for this free event and to get the Zoom link.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, May 19, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, May 19, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, May 19, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

Durham Parks and Recreation, in partnership with OnlyUs Media, will cohost a Bimbé Cypher at the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Thursday, May 19, 7–9pm. Hip-hop ambassador Kevin “Rowdy” Rowsey will lead a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. All ages are welcome to participate; please note that no cursing/inappropriate language is allowed. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on May 20, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, May 20, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Third Friday event, The Mix at Durham Station, is back with DJ Piddipat at the downtown bus terminal (515 W Pettigrew St) on May 20, 3:30–6:30pm. Enjoy cool tunes and feel free to dance while observing proper social distancing. This music series is made possible by a partnership of Downtown Durham Inc and GoDurham. (DJ Piddipat is patricia A murray, publisher of the Durham Skywriter; write to durhamskywriter@gmail.com for more info.)

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, May 20, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site. 

This month’s Teen Science Café will focus on Our Vanishing Night on Friday, May 20, 5:30pm, at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center (250 E Franklin St, in Chapel Hill). Teens are invited to participate in this worldwide citizen-science project to learn about light pollution and to figure out better designs for streetlights. The guest speaker will be Amy Sayle, PhD, founder and coordinator of the NC Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party. This free event will start off with a pizza party; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Third Friday reception on May 20, 6–8pm, for the Durham Art Guild’s (120 Morris St) bear it/bare it/bear witness exhibit will take place in the Truist Gallery (formerly SunTrust Gallery). This multimedia project explores reproductive trauma, and through visual, audio and performance art, this body of work reflects the artists’ lived experiences and healing from abortion, miscarriage, gender-affirming surgery, hormonal pain, illness, and violence. The contributing artists are Claire Alexandre, Victoria Bouloubasis, Joaquín Carcaño, Cori Fordham, Tara Ilsley, A.yoni Jeffries,   Ximena Natera, Alyssa Noble, Cassandra J Rowe, and Kiara Sanders. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate Third Friday (May 20) at 3409 University Dr from 6 to 9pm. Take a tour of the 1:11 Art and Healing Space, a concert by the Lisa Furukawa Trio, grab a beverage from Transcendent Coffee, and enjoy the art indoor displays, small-batch homeopathic care, and a 15-minute chair massage. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​​The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 21 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 21, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, May 21, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

The next District 1 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, May 21, 9:30am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. Click here to join at meeting time.

Hillside High School will celebrate its 100th anniversary with its Centennial Parade on Saturday, May 21, 10am. The starting point will be Concord St, the site of the original Hillside Park High School. The procession will include floats, bands, classic cars, area community organizations, and the Hillside High School Marching Band.

Meek Makings hosts Durham’s Home Goods Market, which will be held on Saturday, May 21, 10am–2pm, in Black Wall Street Gardens (Mangum and Main Sts). Local designers, artisans, and vendors will have ready-to-buy home furnishings and decor on display at this new outdoor event. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

KIPP Durham College Preparatory (1107 Holloway St) will host Community Day on Saturday, May 21, 10am–2pm. Kids and their families are invited to enjoy a day out with games, bounce houses, face painting, food, and more. You can also learn about the school (they’re now enrolling for kindergarten and 1st grade). Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

White Rock Baptist Church (3400 Fayetteville St) will have their monthly Community Food Distribution on Saturday, May 21, 11am–1pm. Drive up on the Fisher Development side of the church. Click here for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K

Keystone RDU will host a Northgate Park Block Party (2500 Acadia St) on Saturday, May 21, 11am–2pm. Enjoy food, games, bounce houses, and more at this free event. Click here for more info.

Unión de Danza NC will host their 2nd annual Festejo/Festival on Saturday, May 21, 1–5pm, at 2204 Hamlin Rd. Celebrate the art, dances, food, and culture of Mexico, and enjoy performances of Danza Guerreros Quetzalcóatl de Durham NC, Danza Tradicional de Rayados, Danza  Azteca Quetzalcóatl de Raleigh, and Danza Azteca Tonanzín. Free admission; food and beverages will also be for sale, with proceeds benefiting the dancers. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Durham Parks and Recreation will host the 52nd annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival on Saturday, May 21, 1–7pm, in Rock Quarry Park (701 Stadium Dr). Celebrate African and American-American culture and traditions, a Family Fun Zone (with drum circles, arts & crafts, face painting, storytelling, and inflatables), great food, and community resources. Don’t forget your lawn chair or blanket (try to get a plastic tarp to place under the blanket if the ground is still wet). If you take a water bottle, you can refill it for free at the Durham H2O 2 Go Hydration Station. The festival host will be K97.5’s Brian Dawson, and the festival headliners will be Sunshine Anderson and Mario on the Main Stage at 6pm. Free admission; click here for more info.

Haitians of the Triangle and the NC Haitian Women’s Coalition are cohosting the 3rd annual Haitian Flag Day Celebration & Family Fun Day on Saturday, May 21, 2–7pm, at 602 Cook Rd. Enjoy the culture of Haiti, and shop with the various arts and food vendors. They’ll also have raffles, games, and fun activities. Don’t forget your lawn chair and/or blanket (try to get a plastic tarp in case the ground is still wet). Tickets are $10, free for kids age 10 and under; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The Durham Children’s Choir Spring Concert will take place on Saturday, May 21, 3pm, in Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church (1902 Perry St). This concert features the première performance of “Toward Something New” by Alex Gartner. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors and students, and $1 for children age 5 and under. Livestream tickets are $15 for those who prefer to enjoy watching from home. Click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will host the next Triangle Autism Discussion on Saturday, May 21, 4:30–6pm. Self- and professionally diagnosed people with autism are welcome to attend, as well as individuals in and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. This week’s topic is Media. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to sign up and to attend this free Zoom event.

The six-piece string band Fairtomiddlin will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, May 21, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

The Jambalaya Soul Slam’s Paper-Thin Poetry Slam will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville Rd, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) on Saturday, May 21, 8–10:30pm. All participants must have their poems printed out on paper (for example, single sheets or a journal); no phones or performing by memory. Feel free to read one of your new works or works-in-progress. First-timers are especially encouraged; click here to read the guidelines. Tickets are $10; click here for more info and to make your purchase. The Jambalaya Poetry Slam is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Sunday, May 22, 1–4pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

Kidznotes will host the Sunday FUNday Festival on May 22, 2–6pm, at Golden Belt (800 Taylor St). Enjoy the student ensembles and solo performances by young people participating in the Kidznotes music program; they’ll also have a musical instrument “petting zoo,” music class and bucket-band demonstrations, the DJ Damu Dance Party, and special guests The Magic of African Rhythm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors, including Hi-Wire, Two Roosters, Cugino Forno, J Lights Market, and Yaya Tea, will have plenty of refreshments for sale. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, May 23, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, May 23, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, May 23, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, May 24, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

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Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, May 24, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.​​

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, May 24, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, May 24, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host Virtual Trivia Tuesday on May 24, 6–7pm. Test your knack for remembering science facts, current news, and pop culture. Click here for more info/instructions and to register for this free, fun online event.

The May Membership Meeting of American Legion Post 416–Lowe’s Grove will be held at the Armory at 5419 S Alston Ave on Tuesday, May 24, 6–8pm. The goal of the American Legion is to help military families and their communities. Dinner starts at 6 and the business meeting will start at 6:45pm. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Straight Talk Support Group is for families of someone who has been recently sentenced, incarcerated, or on parole or probation. Talk about challenges and triumphs with those who share similar journeys and experiences with no judgment. Anyone with an interest in criminal justice, including college students, is welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24, 7–8pm; call or text 919-251-6071 for more info and to get the Zoom link.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on May 24 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, May 24, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, May 25, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, May 25, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on May 25 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, May 25, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Rediscover the fun of playing board games during Designers Game Night at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Wednesday, May 25, 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors/venues will be close by. Explore new board games and give your feedback to board-game designers. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, May 25, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Open Jam at the Friendly City Civitan Club (2510 Glendale Ave) on Wednesday, May 25, 7–9pm. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Free admission; visit the Facebook page for more info.

The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, May 26, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, May 26, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Durham Night Market will be set up on and around the American Tobacco Campus (318 Blackwell St) on Thursday, May 26, 5–9pm. This family- and dog-friendly outdoor event will feature a wide array of vendors and musical performers, and visitors are also encouraged to stop by local eateries and food trucks. The Paper & Stars Studio’s Children’s Market will offer free craft activities and kid-oriented vendors. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here if you’d like to be a vendor.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, May 26, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). Visit the Facebook event page for more info. If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, May 26, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission will host an Enforcement Officer Recruitment Event online on Thursday, May 26, 7pm. Learn about the duties and responsibilities, the application process, and the 59th Wildlife Law Enforcement Basic Academy. Click here to register and to get the Zoom link. Applications will be accepted through June 30 (you can submit your application here. Call 919-707-0030 if you have any questions.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, May 26, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

Enjoy Jazz on the Roof (of The Durham Hotel, 315 E Chapel Hill St) with Al Strong on Thursday, May 26, 7–9:30pm. If you’re a jazz musician, you’re welcome to join in. Free admission; click here for more info.

Movie Loft presents a screening of Citizen Ruth, a 1996 satirical black comedy about an irresponsible drug-addicted woman who finds herself caught in the middle of the abortion debate, at the Shadowbox (2200 Dominion St) on Thursday, May 26, 7–10:30pm. Enjoy hot dogs from the grill at 7, followed by the outdoor screening at 8:30pm. Free admission; donations would be greatly appreciated and you can take your own snacks and beverages if you like. Click here for more info.

The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on May 27, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, May 27, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, May 27, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site. 

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, May 27, 10pm–2am, at Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

​​The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 28 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, May 28, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, May 28, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

A static display, the Annual Memorial Day Remembrance: The American Soldier Through the Ages, will be on display at the Bennett Place Historic Site (4409 Bennett Memorial Pl) from Saturday, May 28, 9am to Sunday, May 29, 3pm. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Join Preservation Durham’s Architecture and the Urban Landscape Walking Tour on Saturday, May 28, 10–11:30am, and learn about some of Durham’s pioneer entrepreneurs and the history of some of downtown’s iconic buildings. It’s free; click here for more info and to save your spot (limited to the first 25). The group will meet at Major the Bull in CCB Plaza (Corcoran and Parrish Sts).

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Outdoor Jam at Esmeralda’s Café (1515 North Pointe Dr #108) on Saturday, May 28, 10am–noon. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Visit the Facebook page for more info.

ARTpost at Happymess (718 Iredell St) will host the flART Market on Saturday, May 28, 11am–4pm. Enjoy this socially distanced outdoor market, complete with food and music, and while you’re there, learn about their art lessons, camps, and workshops for art lovers of all ages and abilities.

The Taste of Soul NC will be held on Saturday, May 28, 3–8pm, in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St). Enjoy an afternoon being outdoors and choosing foods from food trucks with a wide variety of tasty treats (including barbecue, fried fish, and pineapple smoothies). They’ll also have craft and merchandise vendors, a DJ, and live performances. Don’t forget your lawn chair(s). Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Classic-country and bluegrass musician Robert Buxton will give a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, May 30, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, May 30, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, May 31, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

     *  Our Sacred Circles & Joyoushout

​​Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, May 31, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

​​The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, May 31 at 12:30pm for a couple of hours (while supplies last); be sure to sign in at noon. If you’re driving, please park in the WD Hill Community Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Be sure to find someone with a clipboard and give your name; don’t forget your face mask. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, May 31, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hospitality Hiring Hour, a job fair for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club & JB Duke Hotel, the JB Duke Hotel, and The Lodge at Duke Medical Center, will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 4–5pm, at the Washington Duke (3001 Cameron Blvd). Part-time and full-time positions are available in the areas of culinary, housekeeping, engineering, security, IT, banquets, and reception/front office. Click here for a sneak peek at job openings.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, May 31, 5:30–6:30pm. Volunteers crochet mats out of “plarn” (strips made from plastic bags and woven into balls) to give away to homeless people. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Tuesday, April 19, 6:30–8pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on May 31 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm. GoDurham 1 & 4.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, May 31, 7–8pm. Have fun learning steps to the latest line dances (to timeless oldies and current hits). Click here to join this free Zoom event.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, June 1, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, June 1, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

The Wednesday Durham Farmers Market will be held in the Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) on June 1 from 3 to 6pm. You can buy fresh fruits and vegetables, pastries, and some items that aren’t available at the Saturday market. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Click here to find out what’s in season.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, June 1, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

Rediscover the fun of playing board games during Game Night at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr) on Wednesday, June 1, 5:30–8:30pm. Free admission; food and beverage vendors/venues will be close by. If you really like board games and would be interested in offering feedback to board-game designers, return on the 4th Wednesday (June 22) for Designer Game Night. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, June 1, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Open Jam at the Friendly City Civitan Club (2510 Glendale Ave) on Wednesday, June 1, 7–9pm. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Free admission; visit the Facebook page for more info.

​​​​​The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, June 2, 9:30–11am and 2–3:30pm. These one-year vaccinations for pets 4 months and older only cost $10 (cash, exact change). Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers; if your pet makes a mess, you’ll have to clean it up. Don’t forget your photo ID. For now, this service is available by appointment only; call 919-560-0630 for more info. Click here for more information about the Animal Services Department.

The next Durham City Council Work Session will be held on Thursday, June 2, 1–5pm. You can choose to attend in person in City Council Chambers (101 City Hall Plaza) or via the City’s YouTube channel, Twitter account, Facebook page, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV (via the free Boxcast app), Spectrum channel 8, Google Fiber channel 8, Frontier channel 70, or AT&T U-verse channel 99 in Durham.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, June 2, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, June 2, 6–8pm. One local arts & crafts vendor will be featured every week (at no cost to the artist). If you’d like to be considered to participate as an artist/vendor, click here to fill out the form.

Woolly’s Big Blues Jam will be held at The House restaurant (4310 S Miami Blvd) on Thursday, June 2, 6:30–10pm. Amps and drums will be shared; musicians just need to take their own instruments. Dancing will be encouraged; free admission. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class on Thursday, June 2, 7–8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Call 919-471-3181 or visit the website for more info.

​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on June 3, where people in need can receive help from 10am to noon, while supplies last. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Click here if you can volunteer from 8am to 2pm; call 919-688-7306 for more info. GoDurham 3, 3B, 3C; click here for reroute info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Friday, June 3, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

Singer-guitarist Stephen Muñoz will lead LOJO: Log Off, Jam On on Friday, June 3, 5–7pm, at Boxyard RTP (900 Park Offices Dr). This new open-air space is a good setting for musicians to participate in this jam session in front of an appreciative audience. Musicians can simply join in or click here to fill out a form. Free admission; food and drinks will be available for purchase from the restaurants on site. 

The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, June 4 from 8am to noon. You can buy greens, fruits, vegetables, herbs, honeys, free-range meats, eggs, cheeses, home-baked pastries, home-crafted soaps, preserves, starter plants, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards. If you have a SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer) card, stop by the table by the bathrooms; they’ll swipe your card and will then match whatever you spend up to $10. (Double your money!) Call 919-667-3099 or click here to find out what’s in season. GoDurham 4.

The Durham Craft Market shares Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) with the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, June 4, 8am–noon. Artists will have their works—jewelry, photos, wood crafts, paintings, whimsical pieces, etc—on display (and for sale). Click here to learn more about the artists and their work.

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 8am to noon on Saturday, June 4, in the Greenwood Commons Shopping Center (5510 Hwy 55). You can purchase fresh produce, cheeses, meats, crafts, pastries, vegetables, artisan goods, and more. Some vendors accept credit cards each season (the $1.50 transaction fee helps fund the Double Bucks program where SNAP recipients can double their purchases up to $10); they also sell wooden “debit” tokens that you can use with any vendor. Vendors at the market accept SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)/EBT (Electronic Benefits Transfer). Keep up with the latest news by visiting their Facebook pageGoDurham 12

Preservation Durham, the Nasher Museum, and the Museum of Durham History are partnering to cosponsor the Durham Mural Bike Tour on Saturday, June 4, 10–11:30am. It’s free; click here to save your spot (limited to the first 25). The cyclists and scooter riders will meet at Major the Bull in CCB Plaza (Corcoran and Parrish Sts).

The LGBT Center of Raleigh will host the next Triangle Autism Discussion on Saturday, June 4, 4:30–6pm. Self- and professionally diagnosed people with autism are welcome to attend, as well as individuals in and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. This week’s topic is Autism Acceptance. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to sign up and to attend this free Zoom event.

The Straight Talk Support Group and the Triangle Empowerment Center will cohost a fundraiser, The Pouring, at The Pit (upstairs at 321 W Geer St) on Saturday, June 4, 6–9pm. Enjoy an evening of live jazz by Urban Silk, food, beverages, and conversation. The proceeds will be used to bring awareness to needs of those newly released from prison. (Many have health issues such as HIV, and many end up homeless.) Tickets are $25, $40 for couples; call 800-806-3558 or visit triempowerment.org for more info, purchase tickets, or to make a donation.

Singer Mike Poole will perform old-country favorites and Southern gospel in a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, June 4, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7.

Toni Hall and Ivy Burch are back! and leading their African Dance Class on Monday, June 6, 6:30–8pm, in the Hayti Heritage Center’s Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts). Featuring music from the African diaspora, this class will incorporate deep breathing, conditioning, and cardio-intensive African dance moves. The weekly fee is $10; visit the Facebook event page for more info and to purchase your ticket.

The next OSC* Writer’s Circle virtual meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 10–11am. Members include writers who explore their journeys as activists, creators, healers/caregivers, etc through stories and/or poetry. All ages, genders, and backgrounds are welcome and creative-writing experience isn’t required. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to join the meeting on Zoom.

 

     *  Our Sacred Circles & Joyoushout

​​Durham Central Park presents Story Time with Barnaby D Troll! on Tuesday, June 7, 10:30–11:30am, at the Durham Central Park playground (at The Leaf, 501 Foster St). Preschoolers (ages 2–5) and their families are invited to join Ms Kristin in listening to a favorite children’s story, singing a couple of songs, and then recreating the story through play on the accessible Mt Merrill playground (if you have time, your youngster can also make a craft). This is a free event; if it’s raining, everybody will meet under the pavilion across the street.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, June 7, 6:30–8pm. Toastmasters Clubs are great places to develop your public-speaking skills in a supportive environment. Guests and newbies are encouraged to attend; visit their Facebook page for more info. You can choose to attend in person at 1305 Hillsborough Rd or virtually (contact them via Facebook Messenger for more info). GoDurham 11 & 11B.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Tuesday, June 7, 6:30–8pm, at Sew Crafty (101 Orange St, on the corner of Parrish and Orange, the little alley just west of Mangum). If you’re pretty good at sewing a straight line (with a sewing machine) or ironing, and would like to volunteer to make bags to distribute to stores throughout Durham, then drop by for a while. Shoppers are encouraged to take these boomerang bags, use them, and return them for others to use; this is an excellent way of reducing single-use bags. Click here to sign up.

The Straight Talk Support Group is for families of someone who has been recently sentenced, incarcerated, or on parole or probation. Talk about challenges and triumphs with those who share similar journeys and experiences with no judgment. Anyone with an interest in criminal justice, including college students, is welcome. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7, 7–8pm; call or text 919-251-6071 for more info and to get the Zoom link.

​For now, Splat Space, Durham’s hackerspace, will hold its open meetings on first Tuesdays until they’re able to hold their in-person, weekly meetings. The next online meeting will be held on June 7, 7–9pm. Makers, hackers, and anyone interested in technology is welcome to learn about this membership organization that celebrates both creativity and technology. Visit the Splat Space website to learn more and call 919-704-4250 or write to info@splatspace.org if you have any questions.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on June 7 at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Don’t worry about your amp—just take your instrument (or just drumsticks if you’re a drummer), and if you’re a singer, feel free to provide your own mic. Wear your mask at all times while performing; the tables will be set further apart for social distancing. Free admission; if you plan to perform, you can sign up a half-hour before showtime up to 8pm. GoDurham 1 & 4.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Wednesday, June 8, 3–6pm. If you’re driving, please park in WD Hill Recreation Center’s parking lot behind the restaurant. Don’t forget your mask; write to community@nvoac.org for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, June 8, 5–6pm. The House of Mercy Food Pantry and Clothing Closet will give away fresh, frozen, and canned foods and gently used clothing to individuals and families in need. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, June 8, 7–9pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). They’ll be practicing proper social distancing, so the number of people admitted will be very limited. Admission is $5; click here for more info and to see the event calendar. If you’d rather stay home, you can still enjoy the show on FacebookGoDurham 1 & 4.

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