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Durham Bulls mascot Wool E Bull plays with a little girl

November 28–December 4

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, November 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 Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, November 28, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, November 28, 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.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, November 29, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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.

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

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, November 29 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.

Book Harvest (2501 University Dr) will host an Afterschool Book Party on Tuesday, November 29, 3–5pm. Celebrate GivingTuesday (where nonprofits seek donations from the community) with free snacks, free books for young people (from infants through high school), and fun.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Tuesday, November 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, November 29, 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.

Elizabeth Street United Methodist Church (1209 N Elizabeth St) will host a Community Meal on Tuesday, November 29, at 6pm. Enjoy a holiday meal and good fellowship; all are welcome.

Participatory Budgeting Durham will host an Idea Collection at the Lyon Park Teen Center (1101 Cornell St) on Tuesday, November 29, 6–8pm. Help decide how $2.4 million will be spent in the community. Listen to neighbors’ ideas and share your own about possible future capital projects.

Alyah Baker will lead a Black & Brown Ballet Class at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) for beginners and intermediate dancers (age 12+) on Tuesday, November 29, 6:30–8pm. Learn traditional ballet technique in a class starting out with stretching, bending, and balance exercises especially designed for black and brown bodies. The fee is $10; visit the Facebook page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, November 29, 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 Duke Chorale Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 7pm, in Duke University Chapel (401 Science Dr). The chorale, led by Allen Friedman, will sing seasonal selections (in English and Spanish) and will invite the audience to join in on traditional carols. The kids will receive holiday treats. Admission is one nonperishable food item for local families in need. If you get there by 6:30pm, you’ll get to listen to the preconcert performed on the Chapel organ. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on November 29 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.

The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra will continue its monthly residency at the Sharp Nine Gallery (4608-L Industry Ln, near Fayetteville Rd and MLK Pkwy) on Tuesday, November 29, 8–10pm. Tickets are $25; click here for more info and tickets.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, November 29, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist, José Diaz, will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, November 30, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, November 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.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, November 30, 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

The 18th annual American Tobacco Tower Lighting will be held on Wednesday, November 30, 7–8pm, at 318 Blackwell St. Enjoy performances by cast members of ELF (currently at the DPAC), Barriskill Dance Theatre School, Durham Children’s Choir, Elena Holder, Empower Dance Studio, and the Walltown Children's Theater Group, plus special appearances by Lisa Gaither (with her 3-D Chalk creations), Frosty & Rudolph, Imagine Circus, Santa & Mrs Claus, and Wool E Bull. Afterwards, feel free to have some hot cocoa, and take in the post-show music, art, and entertainment. You can also take a holiday selfie with the illuminated American Tobacco Water Tower in the background. The first 2,000 people to arrive will be given light wands, courtesy of Dominion Energy and NC811. Free admission; if you can’t attend in person, you can watch from WRAL.com.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, November 30, 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.

December 1

Elmo’s Diner (776 Ninth St) will host its monthly Veteran’s Breakfast on Thursday, December 1, 8:30–10am. All military veterans are invited, and first-time attendees and those in uniform can eat for free. RSVP by texting breakfast and the number in your party to 984-664-0308.

All Durham County libraries will be closed on Thursday, December 1.

 

The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, December 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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 Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held at the Elizabeth Street United Methodist Church (1209 N Elizabeth St, in the education building’s fellowship hall) on Thursday, December 1, noon–1pm. Discuss community issues and forge partnerships with others who want to work toward positive change. Lunch is free, and masks will be provided (but not required). Visit the website to learn about the Coalition’s programs and services.

The next Durham City Council Work Session will be held on Thursday, December 1, 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, December 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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, December 1, 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.

Durham Business Networking and One Community, One Voice, One Vision will cohost a Durham Business Networking Event on Thursday, December 1, 6–8pm, at Spaces (555 S Mangum St, Suite 100). Meet other influential business owners and gain some tools in running a successful business. Free admission; click here to register.

Party Illegal’s next Below Decks monthly dance set will be held at The Fruit (305 S Dillard St) on Thursday, December 1, 8pm–midnight. DJs Flls, Queen Plz, Kir, and Apah will spin deep dance music for the crowd. Tickets are $10; visit their Facebook page for more info.

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​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on December 2, 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, December 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

Experience Christmas by Candlelight at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site (2828 Duke Homestead Rd) on Friday, December 2, 5:30–9pm. Imagine how the winter holidays were celebrated back in the 1870s, with traditional storytelling, hot cider, cookies, music, dancing, and a tour by candlelight led by costumed historical interpreters. Tours will leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes and you’ll be buying a ticket for a specific time. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids ages 3 to 12; click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

Freedom Ride Rescue and Durham Parks and Recreation will cohost Santa Paws at the Durham Armory (212 Foster St) on Friday, December 2, 6–8:30pm. They’ll have lots of dog-oriented gifts and accessories at this holiday pet market, an ugly-sweater contest, and you can have your photo taken with Santa and your favorite pooch on Friday, December 14, 6–8:30pm, . They’ll also have a canine ugly sweater contest and . If you can donate something for the canine food drive, it would be appreciated. Free admission.

Beyu Caffé (341 W Main St) will feature Africa Unplugged on Friday, December 2, 7pm. Enjoy Beyu’s new Weekend Supper Club Experience with great music and a delicious meal. Some of the musicians in Africa Unplugged play traditional instruments and they all mix historic with contemporary sounds. Tickets are $25, $12 for those choose to stand; click here for more info and to make your purchase.

Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, December 2, 6:30–8:30pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, December 2, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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The December Cars & Coffee will take place at Road Scholars (5425 Page Rd) on Saturday, December 3, 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. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  ​​

If you’re into fancy cars, check out First Saturday at Porsche Southpoint (122 Kentington Dr) on December 3, 9–11am. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and conversation with other car enthusiasts. This month’s event will also include a Toy Drive; feel free to donate a toy or game for children in need. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 9am to noon on Saturday, December 3, 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 Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, December 3 from 10am 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.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host First Saturday Open Jam at the Durham Farmers Market in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Saturday, December 3, 10am–noon. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Black Healers Holiday Market will be held on Saturday, December 3, 10:30am–6pm, at 1805 Chapel Hill Rd.Learn about local businesses and practitioners who deal with the mind, body, and spirit; they’ll also have specialty vendors and food trucks. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Downtown Durham Inc will host a Downtown Durham Holiday on Saturday, December 3, 11am–10pm. Enjoy holiday festivities with shopping specials throughout downtown. Music, live performances, dance, and DJs will be providing entertainment from 11am to 6pm on the American Tobacco Campus (Blackwell St), at CCB Plaza (Corcoran, Chapel Hill, and Parrish Sts), Five Points Plaza (Main, Chapel Hill, and Morris Sts), and the Black Wall Street Gardens (Mangum between Parrish and Main Sts). At the same time, Urban Ministries will be hosting a Food Drive at Five Points Plaza; if you’re able, please donate canned goods, cereals (hot or cold), pasta/pasta sauce, or peanut butter. Celebrate the Tree Lighting on CCB Plaza from 6 to 8:30pm, with performances by G Yamazawa, House of Coxx, and the NCCU Step Show. Free admission.

The Triangle Blues Society’s 1st Saturday Blues Jam will take place on December 3, noon–3pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Musicians can sign up to sit in upon arrival. Free admission; click here to view the Blue Note Grill’s events calendar.

​The LGBT Center of Raleigh will host the next Triangle Autism Discussion on Saturday, December 3, 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. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to sign up and to attend this free Zoom event.

Grey Stone Church (2601 Hillsborough Rd) will host a Celebration of Lights on Saturday, December 3, 5–9pm and Sunday, December 4, 5–8pm. Enjoy the music and drive-thru light displays, take a hayride, join in the games, and buy tasty snacks from the food trucks. Free admission.

Little Windows (Mark Weems and Julie Weems) will play some Appalachian and Irish music during a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, December 3, 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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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on December 4, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The Durham Really Really Free Market is back and will take place in the Lyon Park Playground (1200 W Lakewood Ave) on Sunday, December 4, 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.

The MAKRS Society will host their Holiday Pop-Up Market in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Sunday, December 4, 4–8pm. Forty+ local artists and makers will be displaying and selling their work, and food trucks will be there as well. The Miss Adventures will provide the music. 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.

Grey Stone Church (2601 Hillsborough Rd) will host a Celebration of Lights on Sunday, December 4, 5–8pm. Enjoy the music and drive-thru light displays, take a hayride, join in the games, and buy tasty snacks from the food trucks. Free admission.

December 5–13

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, December 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.
 

The Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, December 5, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, December 5, 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, December 5, 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.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, December 6, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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 host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, December 6 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, December 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, December 6, 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.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 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, December 6, 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 monthly Pony Ride starts at Major the Bull in CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran St) at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 8 and ends at Ponysaurus Brewing (219 Hood St) around 9:15pm. This free, social, 5- to 8-mile bicycle ride will proceed at a leisurely pace and will be led by Eross Guadalupe. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Hi-Wire Brewing (800 Taylor St, in Golden Belt) will host their Tuesday Ping Pong Tournament on November 8, 6:30–8:30pm. Everyone gets to play at least two matches. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, December 6, 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.

Splat Space, Durham’s hackerspace, will hold its next Open Meeting on Tuesday, December 6, 7–8:30pm, at 800 N Mangum St. Makers, hackers, and anyone interested in crafts and technology are welcome to learn about this membership organization and the tools they use: the 3D printer, wood- and metalworking tools, sewing machines, etc. Enter through the Corporation St gate (if it’s closed, call 919-704-4250). Park in the lot and enter on the north side of the building. Don’t forget your mask. Click here if you prefer to attend virtually. 

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on December 6 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.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, December 6, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, December 7, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 7, 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, December 7, 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

E3 Durham will host Pull-Up at Provident on Wednesday, December 7, 5–8pm, at 411 W Chapel Hill St. Durham-based business owners can make connections; talk with folks from E3 Durham, which provides funding and technical support for entrepreneurs; and learn about other resources that can help you and your business. Free admission; click here for more info and to register.

The next Meeting of the Durham-Orange Genealogical Society will be held online-only on Wednesday, December 7, 7–9pm. Jon Smith will lead a talk about Using Excel in Genealogy. Visit the website for more info and to get the Zoom link. UPDATE

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, November 9, 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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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, December 8, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, December 8, 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.

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​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on December 9, 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, December 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.

Experience Christmas by Candlelight at the Duke Homestead State Historic Site (2828 Duke Homestead Rd) on Friday, December 9, 5:30–9pm. Imagine how the winter holidays were celebrated back in the 1870s, with traditional storytelling, hot cider, cookies, music, dancing, and a tour by candlelight led by costumed historical interpreters. Tours will leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes and you’ll be buying a ticket for a specific time. Tickets are $8, $4 for kids ages 3 to 12; click here for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, November 11, 9–11pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask. 

Blackspace invites young people to enjoy and participate in the Med City Cypher at Major the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Friday, December 9, 9:19–11pm. This is a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, December 9, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 9am to noon on Saturday, December 10, 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 Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, December 10 from 10am 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.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Outdoor Jam at Esmeralda’s Café (1515 North Pointe Dr #108, in the North Pointe Shopping Center, next to Dollar Tree) on Saturday, December 10, 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. 

The next District 3 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10, 10am, at the Lyon Park Recreation Center (1309 Halley St). Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. 

The next District 4 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10, 10am, at the IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave). Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County programs and services. If you’d prefer to stay home and join via Zoom, click here (meeting ID: 812 8778 6288, passcode: BULLCITY) at 10.

The next District 5 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held on Saturday, December 10, 10am, at the IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills Recreation Center (2000 S Alston Ave) along with District 4 PAC. Find out what’s going on downtown and learn about City/County programs and services. 

Jewels Outreach will host Jewels Feeding Friends, a food giveaway, on Saturday, December 10, 10am–noon, at the KIPP Charter School (1107 Holloway St). You can pop open the trunk (or rear door) of your vehicle for the volunteers who will place a box of groceries inside.

The Rainbow Collective for Change will cohost Rainbow Story Time/Tiempo de Cuentos Arcoíris on Saturday, November 12, 11am, on the 4th-floor outside terrace of the Main Library (300 N Roxboro St). This month’s feature will be “Red: A Crayon’s Story” by Michael Hall plus a Welcoming Schools lesson called “There's More to Me Than You Can See.” Each child will receive a copy of the book and materials to do an activity at this free event.

White Rock Baptist Church (3400 Fayetteville St) will have their monthly Community Food Distribution on Saturday, December 10, 11am–1pm. Drive up on the Fisher Development side of the church. Click here for more info. GoDurham 5 & 5K

One Love Christian Church (1315 Horton Rd) will host a Drive-Thru Food Distribution on Saturday, December 10, 11am–1pm. Call 919-688-2163 for more info.

Our Sacred Circles & Joyoushout will host Sound Bath with Shana on Saturday, November 12, 4–5:30pm, in north Durham. Shana’s lovely singing voice and her singing bowls with lead participants into a space of deep peace, relaxation, and renewal. Click here for more info; there is a sliding scale fee ranging from $10 to $15. 

Bluegrass and gospel group the Hodnett Family Band 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, November 12, 7:30pm. Donations will be graciously accepted; call 919-220-2458 or visit the website to see the full calendar. GoDurham 7

The Ciompi Quartet will perform a concert of “Lost Songs” on Saturday, November 12, 8–10:30pm, in Baldwin Auditorium (1336 Campus Dr, on Duke’s East Campus). Joined by clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois, the quartet will perform works by American composers Anthony Kelley, Anna Weesner, and Florence Price. Click here for more info and to reserve your free ticket(s).

Between2Clouds and ZeroProof will cohost the Zero Proof Party, an alcohol-free dance party experience, on Saturday, November 12, 8pm–midnight, at Da Kines Kava (1114 W Chapel Hill St). Enjoy house music by DJs and music makers, plus artists creating impromptu paintings, and digitally crafted visuals. Tickets range from $15 to $20; click here for more info and to buy your ticket(s)

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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on November 13, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The Studio School of Durham will host the 3rd annual Children’s Pop-Up Market in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Sunday, November 13, 1pm. Meet young entrepreneurs (ages 6 to 15) by visiting their booths and checking out their products and services. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

Don’t Waste Durham will hold a Boomerang Bag Sewing Party on Sunday, December 11, 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.

Triangle Dance Studios (2603 S Miami Blvd, next door to Research Triangle Dental) will host Sunday Salsa Social on November 13, 6:30–9:30pm. Enjoy dancing to salsa, bachata, chacha, kizomba, merengue, and cumbia. Admission is $7, $6 for active military and students with current ID, and free for young people age 16 and younger.

December 12–18

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, December 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.

The next District 2 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at the Edison Johnson Recreation Center (500 Murray Ave) on Monday, December 12, 6–8pm. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County services. Call the District 2 Substation (5285 N Roxboro Rd, Eno Square Shopping Center) at 919-560-4582 for more info.

The Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, December 12, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The Jambalaya Soul Academy’s next Writing & Performance Workshop will be held online on Monday, December 12, 6:30–8:30pm. Spoken-word artist and National Poetry Slam champion Angelo Geter, aka EyeAmBic, will be the facilitator. This is  free event; visit the website for more info.  UPDATE

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, December 12, 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 in the JC Raulston Arboretum (4415 Beryl Rd, in Raleigh) on Monday, December 12, 7:30pm. Visit the website for more info. 

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, December 13, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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.

Don't Waste Durham’s next GreenToGo Action Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, noon–1pm, at their office (506 Ramseur St, in the back café area of the Durham Bottling Co). Share ideas for local action-based trash-prevention solutions. Visit the website for more info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, December 13 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, December 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, December 13, 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.

Alyah Baker will lead a Black & Brown Ballet Class at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) for beginners and intermediate dancers (age 12+) on Tuesday, November 15, 6:30–8pm. Learn traditional ballet technique in a class starting out with stretching, bending, and balance exercises especially designed for black and brown bodies. The fee is $10; visit the Facebook page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

Hi-Wire Brewing (800 Taylor St, in Golden Belt) will host their Tuesday Ping Pong Tournament on October 4, 6:30–8:30pm. Everyone gets to play at least two matches. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

The monthly Pony Ride starts at Major the Bull in CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran St) at 6:30pm on Tuesday, December 13 and ends at Ponysaurus Brewing (219 Hood St) around 9:15pm. This free, social, 5- to 8-mile bicycle ride will proceed at a leisurely pace and will be led by Eross Guadalupe. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, December 13, 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 Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on December 13 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.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, December 13, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, December 14, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 14, 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, December 14, 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, November 16, 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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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, December 15, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 15, 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, December 15, 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, December 15, 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.

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The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on December 16, 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, December 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.

Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, November 18, 9–11pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask. 

Blackspace invites young people to enjoy and participate in the Med City Cypher at Major the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Friday, December 16, 9:19–11pm. This is a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, December 16, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 9am to noon on Saturday, December 17, 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 Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, December 17 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 next District 1 PAC (Partners Against Crime) meeting will be held at the Holton Career & Resource Center (401 N Driver St) on Saturday, December 17, 10am. Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood and learn about City/County services. Call the District 1 Substation (921 Holloway St, across from Longmeadow Park) at 919-560-4281 for more info.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Outdoor Jam at Esmeralda’s Café (1515 North Pointe Dr #108, in the North Pointe Shopping Center, next to Dollar Tree) on Saturday, December 17, 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. 

Meek Makings hosts Durham’s Home Goods Market, which will be held on Saturday, December 17, 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.

The Durham Arts Council’s Durham Art Walk Holiday Market will be held throughout downtown Durham on Saturday, November 19, 10am–5pm, and Sunday, November 20, 1–5pm. Enjoy local art, live music, family fun, and food while shopping for the holidays or just taking in the festive atmosphere.

Empowered Minds Academy (311 Oakwood Ave) will hold an Open House on Saturday, November 19, 10:30am–noon. Learn about the mission, philosophy, and beliefs about this school that offers the authentic Montessori model (for ages 4–6) and the Learner-Driven Environment (for ages 7–10). Click here to visit the website and learn more about the school.

Military veterans who are also members of the LGBTQIA+ community will get together on Saturday, December 17, 11:30am–1pm, at Panera (737 Ninth St). Military veterans of any generation are welcome, as well as their significant others. Click here for more info on Facebook.

​The LGBT Center of Raleigh will host the next Triangle Autism Discussion on Saturday, December 17, 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. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to sign up and to attend this free Zoom event.

Singer Mike Poole will perform old country favorites and Southern gospel during a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, November 19, 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 Annual Women’s Poetry Slam will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville Rd, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) on Saturday, November 19, 8pm. Women-identifying poets of all ages are invited to perform their original poetry; they can be memorized or read (on paper or phone). Admission is $10; click here to read the Poetry Slam guidelines, and click here for more info and to register. GoDurham 5.

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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on November 20, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The second and last day of the Durham Arts Council’s Durham Art Walk Holiday Market will be Sunday, November 20, 1–5pm. throughout downtown Durham. Enjoy local art, live music, family fun, and food while shopping for the holidays or just taking in the festive atmosphere.

If you’ve always wanted to learn how to use power tools, check out the Adult Beginner Class offered by the Bull City Woodshop (1912 E Pettigrew St) on Sunday, November 20, 5–7pm. You can learn how to operate a palm sander, power drill, circular saw, jigsaw, and miter saw—and then you’ll feel more prepared for taking their other workshops. Be sure to leave your jewelry at home and to make sure you’re not wearing clothing that can get caught in the power tools. The class fee is $40; click here for more info and to pay for the class.

December 19–25

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, December 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.

The Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, December 19, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

The next Durham City Council Regular Meeting will be held on Monday, December 19, 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.

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, December 19, 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.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, December 20, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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 host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, December 20 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 next Durham City Council Work Session will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 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 Tuesday, December 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, December 20, 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.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, December 20, 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, December 20, 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.

Alyah Baker will lead a Black & Brown Ballet Class at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) for beginners and intermediate dancers (age 12+) on Tuesday, November 22, 6:30–8pm. Learn traditional ballet technique in a class starting out with stretching, bending, and balance exercises especially designed for black and brown bodies. The fee is $10; visit the Facebook page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, December 20, 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 Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on December 20 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.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, December 20, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

ATC Festivals will host the Lo-Fi Lounge at The Fruit (305 S Dillard St) on Tuesday, December 20, 8pm–midnight. DJs, producers, artists, and members of the lo-fi community will experience and celebrate the art of “low fidelity” music, featuring chill beats, and jazzy and hiphop sounds. Admission is $10; click here for more info and to get your ticket(s).

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, December 21, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 21, 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, December 21, 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, November 23, 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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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, December 22, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 22, 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, December 22, 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.

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The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on December 23, 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, December 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

Blackspace invites young people to enjoy and participate in the Med City Cypher at Major the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Friday, December 23, 9:19–11pm. This is a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, December 23, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Outdoor Jam at Esmeralda’s Café (1515 North Pointe Dr #108, in the North Pointe Shopping Center, next to Dollar Tree) on Saturday, December 24, 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. 

Singer/songwriter Danny Smith 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, November 26, 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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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on November 27, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The Independent Animal Rescue will host a Cat Adoption Event at Petco (4011 Hwy 15-501) on Sunday, November 27, noon–3pm. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

December 26–January 1

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, December 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 Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, December 26, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, December 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.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, December 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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.

Don't Waste Durham’s next GreenToGo Action Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 27, noon–1pm, at their office (506 Ramseur St, in the back café area of the Durham Bottling Co). Share ideas for local action-based trash-prevention solutions. Visit the website for more info.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, December 27 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, December 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, December 27, 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.

Alyah Baker will lead a Black & Brown Ballet Class at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) for beginners and intermediate dancers (age 12+) on Tuesday, November 29, 6:30–8pm. Learn traditional ballet technique in a class starting out with stretching, bending, and balance exercises especially designed for black and brown bodies. The fee is $10; visit the Facebook page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, December 27, 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 Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 7pm on December 27 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.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, December 27, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, December 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, December 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.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, December 28, 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, November 30, 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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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, December 29, 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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 Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held at the Elizabeth Street United Methodist Church (1209 N Elizabeth St, in the education building’s fellowship hall) on Thursday, December 1, noon–1pm. Discuss community issues and forge partnerships with others who want to work toward positive change. Lunch is free, and masks will be provided (but not required). Visit the website to learn about the Coalition’s programs and services.

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Thursday, December 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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, December 29, 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.

Durham Business Networking and One Community, One Voice, One Vision will cohost a Durham Business Networking Event on Thursday, December 1, 6–8pm, at Spaces (555 S Mangum St, Suite 100). Meet other influential business owners and gain some tools in running a successful business. Free admission; click here to register.

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​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on December 30, 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, December 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

Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, December 2, 9–11pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask.

Blackspace invites young people to enjoy and participate in the Med City Cypher at Major the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Friday, December 30, 9:19–11pm. This is a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, December 30, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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The December Cars & Coffee will take place at Road Scholars (5425 Page Rd) on Saturday, December 3, 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. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  ​​

If you’re into fancy cars, check out First Saturday at Porsche Southpoint (122 Kentington Dr) on December 3, 9–11am. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and conversation with other car enthusiasts. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 9am to noon on Saturday, December 31, 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 Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, December 31 from 10am 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.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host their Weekly Outdoor Jam at Esmeralda’s Café (1515 North Pointe Dr #108, in the North Pointe Shopping Center, next to Dollar Tree) on Saturday, December 31, 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. 

Little Windows (Mark Weems and Julie Weems) will play some Appalachian and Irish music during a free concert at the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse Christian-music venue (2700 N Roxboro St, in St Paul United Methodist Church) on Saturday, December 3, 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 Fall Poetry Slam will be held at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville Rd, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) on Saturday, October 22, 8–10:30pm. Poets are invited to compete for cash prizes with their original works and also for a chance to make the 2023 Bull City Slam Team. Admission is $10; click here for more info and guidelines.

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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on December 4, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The Durham Really Really Free Market is back and will take place in the Lyon Park Playground (1200 W Lakewood Ave) on Sunday, December 4, 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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January 2–8

The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will distribute free Snacks and Meals to people in need on Monday, January 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.

The Hayti Heritage Center’s Heritage Rhythms African Dance Class will be led by Toni Hall and Ivy Burch on Monday, January 2, 6:30–8pm, in the Chuck Davis Dance Emporium (upstairs at 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 page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Monday, January 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, January 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.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Tuesday, January 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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.

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The New Visions of Africa Restaurant (1306 Fayetteville St) will host a Grocery Giveaway on Tuesday, January 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, January 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.

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Plastic Bag Ministry session on Tuesday, January 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.

Harris Beverage will host the next Durham Toastmasters Meeting on Tuesday, January 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, January 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.

Alyah Baker will lead a Black & Brown Ballet Class at the Hayti Heritage Center (804 Old Fayetteville St, at Fayetteville and Lakewood Sts) for beginners and intermediate dancers (age 12+) on Tuesday, December 6, 6:30–8pm. Learn traditional ballet technique in a class starting out with stretching, bending, and balance exercises especially designed for black and brown bodies. The fee is $10; visit the Facebook page for more info and to purchase your ticket(s).

​​Marvis Fun will hold an online Stay Well Virtual Line Dance Class on Tuesday, January 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.

CJ Baker Entertainment will host an Open Mic and Jam Session on Tuesday, January 3, 8–11pm, at the Hayti District Bar (908 Fayetteville St, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center). The guest host and featured artist will take the stage from 8 to 8:45, and the open mic will go from 9 to 11. Free admission.

The Tuesday Blues Jam will start at 8:30pm on January 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 8pmGoDurham 1 & 4.

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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, January 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, January 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.

King’s Park International Church (1305 Odyssey Dr) will host its Food Pantry & Clothing Closet on Wednesday, January 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. Check in before arriving by texting your name, address, and number of people in your family to 919-885-4080. Click here for more info. GoDurham 12.

E3 Durham will host Pull-Up at Provident on Wednesday, December 7, 5–8pm, at 411 W Chapel Hill St. Durham-based business owners can make connections; talk with folks from E3 Durham, which provides funding and technical support for entrepreneurs; and learn about other resources that can help you and your business. Free admission; click here for more info and to register.

GoDurham’s next Public Meeting will be held on the second floor of the Durham Station (515 W Pettigrew St) on Wednesday, December 7, 5:30–7pm. Learn more about local bus service changes, the Durham County Transit Plan and offer suggestions for improvements. Click here for more info and for summaries on past meetings.

​Enjoy live music during Brett’s Open Mic on Wednesday, December 7, 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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The Durham County Sheriff's Office, Animal Services Division (3005 Glenn Rd) will hold a Rabies Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, January 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/in carriers and cats must be in carriers; you’ll be able to stay in your vehicle. 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, January 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, January 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.

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, Suite 9-150) will host a Mini Pop-Up! Market on Thursday, January 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.

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​​​​​​The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Friday on January 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, January 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.

Sit by a campfire and enjoy a lesson about nature and the outdoors at Durham Parks and Recreation’s Fourth Friday Fire in West Point on the Eno Park’s Environmental Education Pavilion (5253 N Roxboro Rd) on October 28, 7–9pm. It’s free; click here for more info and to register.

The TP Trivia Masters will host Outdoor Karaoke at J Lights Café (800 Taylor St, at Golden Belt) on Friday, January 6, 7–9:30pm. This free event is both kid- and dog-friendly; get there a bit early if you plan to sign up to sing. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

Explore the night sky and peer at the galaxies through one of the 10-inch telescopes provided by Duke Teaching Observatory professors on Friday, October 28, 9–11pm. Click here for instructions on finding the site on W Cornwallis Rd (plus a link to a map you can use). It’s free; if the weather is iffy, check the Facebook event page to see if this “Open House” is cancelled. Don’t forget your face mask.

Blackspace invites young people to enjoy and participate in the Med City Cypher at Major the Bull (201 N Corcoran St, in CCB Plaza) on Friday, January 6, 9:19–11pm. This is a fun, spoken-word session for building self-confidence, empathy, self-expression, and a sense of community. Free admission; click here for more info.

Celebrate African heritage and Afrofuturism at JAM.BAE NIGHTS on Friday, January 6, 10pm–2am, at Gojo by Goorsha (823 W Morgan St). Free admission; click here for more info and to get your free ticket(s).

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The December Cars & Coffee will take place at Road Scholars (5425 Page Rd) on Saturday, January 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. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  ​​

If you’re into fancy cars, check out First Saturday at Porsche Southpoint (122 Kentington Dr) on January 7, 9–11am. Enjoy a buffet breakfast and conversation with other car enthusiasts. This month’s event will also include a Toy Drive; feel free to donate a toy or game for children in need. Free admission; visit the Facebook event page for more info.  

 

The South Durham Farmers Market will be in operation from 9am to noon on Saturday, January 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

The Durham Central Park pavilion (502 Foster St) is the home of the Durham Farmers Market on Saturday, January 7 from 10am 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.

Old North State Jam (formerly Northgate Jam) will host First Saturday Open Jam at the Durham Farmers Market in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Saturday, January 7, 10am–noon. Bring your voice or instrument and join in to play some oldtime songs … or simply enjoy the music. Visit their Facebook page for more info.

The Triangle Blues Society’s 1st Saturday Blues Jam will take place on January 7, noon–3pm, at the Blue Note Grill (709 Washington St). Musicians can sign up to sit in upon arrival. Free admission; click here to view the Blue Note Grill’s events calendar.

Bluegrass gospel band New Direction 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, December 10, 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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Sunday Morning Meditation will be held at the Shambhala Center of Durham (733 Rutherford St) on December 11, 9am–noon. Sitting meditation will be interspersed with walking meditation, and you can get some instruction if you’re a novice. Feel free to arrive and leave at any time—you don’t have to stay the entire 3 hours. You can also choose to attend online; click here for more info.

The Durham Really Really Free Market will take place across from the Lyon Park Playground (1200 W Lakewood Ave) on Sunday, January 8, 1–3pm. 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.