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Engage Durham: Durham Comprehensive Plan

The City of Durham and Durham County want to hear from us to help guide the Durham Comprehensive Plan, which will be dealing with housing, development, and transit. You can choose to attend one of four workshops to give your feedback and suggestions. You’ll receive a $30 stipend if you attend and actively participate. (Even if you attend more than one workshop, you can only get one stipend.) Spanish interpretation will be available. Here are the four workshops:

  • Wednesday, June 1, 5:30–7pm—Housing and Neighborhoods

  • Saturday, June 11, 10:30am–noon—Education and Jobs/Training

  • Thursday, June 23, 5:30–7pm—Transportation and Community Relationships

  • Sunday, June 26, 2–3:30pm—Environment/Public Spaces and Growth Management/Infrastructure.


Click here to sign up.

Auntie Bev’s ‘WordUp! Vocabulary Challenge’
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Beverly Mahone, known as wordsmith, etymologist, and vocabulary builder “Auntie Bev” on TikTok, has announced her new show, “WordUp! Vocabulary Challenge.” Mahone is a part-time North Carolina Central University writing consultant, and has found quite an audience on TikTok with 420 thousand followers. During this live show, contestants will square off for the right to advance to succeeding rounds and a chance at winning $500. They’ll receive a batch of words and will then take turns choosing words that their opponents will try to define. Round one of the WordUp! Vocabulary Challenge will air live on Saturday, January 8, 1pm, on the All Wordz Matter Facebook page. If you’d like to compete, click here for more info and to sign up; all contestants must be age 18+. The WordUp! Vocabulary Challenge will air every other week, with the final rounds being played at the end of the year. The show’s sponsor is AAG, a reverse-mortgage company; you can visit their website at

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RDU Airport’s Observation Park is back! This is a great place to take the family on a free outing, where everyone can watch the airplanes take off from a safe vantage point. You can park for free, listen to communication between the pilots and the control tower, enjoy the picnic and play areas, look at the educational placards (test your knowledge of airplanes!), and use the modern restrooms. Observation Park will be open every day from 9am to dusk.

Click here for more info and to get directions.

Did you know we don’t have to pay for bus fare until at least June 2022? How DO they do it?

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Spilled Coffee

Little Waves Coffee has been named 2022 Micro Roaster of the Year by Roast magazine, a publication that covers the coffee industry. Most of us know the business as Cocoa Cinnamon, which  was founded in 2010 by Areli Barrera Grodski and Leon Grodski Barrera. Some of us remember Cocoa Cinnamon starting out as a bicycle-based coffee company before they got a retail spot. They have three locations now: 420 W Geer St, 2013 Chapel Hill Rd, and 2627 Hillsborough Rd. The roastery was established in 2017, and after roasting more than 59 thousand pounds of coffee in the past year, Little Waves Coffee not only has their retail locations, but also coffee subscribers and wholesale customers around the country.

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