The Salvation Army of Durham (909 Liberty St) has Free Food Fridays, where people in need can receive help from 9 to 11am every Friday. You can get some canned goods, meats, drinks, snacks, hygiene items, and even pet food. Be sure to take a copy of your apartment/home lease agreement and a current photo ID; they advise that you take a strong bag as well. Call 919-688-7306 for more info.
Here’s the August lineup for the Sacred Grounds Coffeehouse’s free music concert series. This Christian-music venue is located at 2700 N Roxboro Rd, and donations are always graciously accepted. Call 919-220-2458 or visit the website for more info.
St Joseph AME Church will host a Jazz Reception Welcoming Rev Jonathan Augustine and First Lady Michelle Burks Augustine on Sunday, August 4, 6–8pm, at NC Mutual (411 W Chapel Hill St). The musicians will be led by renowned bassist John Brown and the emcee will be Anthony Wilson from WTVD/ABC Eyewitness News. Free admission.
Beat the heat by attending LifeSpring Splash Day at LifeSpring Church (3707 Garrett Rd) on Saturday, August 10, 11am–3pm. This event for the whole family will feature water games, Slip n Slide inflatables, a Toddler Fun Area, kiddy pool, waterslide, and organized games every half-hour. Free admission; take $$$ for the food trucks. Call 919-973-8039 or click here for more info.
The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South holds a monthly meeting, The Art of Conscious Aging, for “women of a certain age.” The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, August 13, 11:30am–2pm, at the Colony Hills Clubhouse (3060 Colony Rd). This is an open group and there are no membership fees. Bring a bag lunch and be prepared to enjoy yourself and join in the conversation. Call 919-683-1236 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Restorative Justice Circle of Hope and Healing will meet on Thursday, August 15, 7–8:30pm, at Calvary United Methodist Church (304 E Trinity Ave). Explore restorative justice (RJ) values and work with RJ facilitators as they face challenges guiding people through rough times in their lives. Another session will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 10–11:30am. Write to email@example.com with any questions you might have.
OSC (Our Sacred Circles) will host Karo’s Kabaret and Open Mic at 1703 Chapel Hill Rd on Friday, August 16, 7pm. Bela G will be the featured artist (a mashup of secular and sacred music). Spoken-word poets and crafts/jewelry vendors are invited to participate. Refreshments, including Asian-inspired lettuce wraps, will be provided by Karo and Organic Motherland lemonade-ginger drinks will also be on hand. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door (you can use the Cash App @$mrskaro). Write to Rinah at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to sign up for the open mic.
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held on Thursday, August 22, noon–1pm, in Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (107 N Driver St); enter through the back entrance). Discuss community issues and forge partnerships with others who want to work toward change. Lunch is free, thanks to CORE Catering. Call Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or click here for more info.
A free Learn Basic Qur’an Reading for Beginners class will be offered to adults by Imam Mowlid Ali on Saturdays, 2–4pm, at Jamaat Ibad Ar Rahman (3034 Fayetteville St). Call 919-683-5593 or click here for more info.
Various houses of worship provide groceries at no charge for people in need, and Durham Congregations in Action has a calendar showing where you can go to get help. Just click on the buttons below:
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