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.
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.
Union Baptist Church’s annual Holiday Expo will be held on Saturday, December 1, 9am–2pm, across the street at Global Scholars Academy (311 Dowd St). Enjoy free refreshments, fire truck tours, live entertainment, free health checks, free ID cards for kids (from the Durham County Sheriff’s Office), and more. Free admission; call 919-402-8351 for more info.
Here’s the December 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.
The One Soil Farm market stand/CSA pickup will be set up at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd) on Sunday, December 2, 10am–1pm. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture, which is a weekly vegetable subscription service. You can buy locally grown vegetables and/or pick up the order you made in advance. Click here to learn more about this local Jewish CSA.
The annual Hanukkah Festival will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2–4pm, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Call 919-354-4948 or click here for more info.
Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday, the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held on Thursday, December 6, 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.
Close friends and families of homicide victims are invited to attend the Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s Circles of Hope and Healing on Thursday, December 6, 6–8pm, at the Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church (107 N Driver St, corner of Driver and Main, back entrance). These calm healing sessions are led by a professionally trained “circle keeper.” Dinner follows each session; this is a free event. Contact Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (Another Circles of Hope and Healing session will be held on January 3.
The Christian Assembly Church of Durham (5516 N Roxboro Rd) presents its Drive-Thru Christmas on Thursday, December 6 through Saturday, December 8, 7-9pm. Hop in the car and drive through slowly, as live actors portray the story of Jesus’s birth with sets, lights, costumes, music, and scenery. You’ll receive a CD or audio file on a flash drive, which will enable you to enjoy the music and narration through each of the five scenes. It’s free; call 919-323-9687 for more info.
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, December 7, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Enjoy a potluck brunch in celebration of Hanukkah.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, December 7, 10–11:30am. Barak Richman will lead a talk on Stateless Commerce: The Diamond Network and the Persistance of Relational Exchange. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the December calendar.
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, December 11, 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 email@example.com for more information.
Durham Congregations in Action’s next Assembly Lunch will be held on Tuesday, December 18, 11:45am–1pm, at Holy Cross Catholic Church (2438 S Alston Ave). The topics for this month will be Bull City United and the City of Durham’s Participatory Budget. Seven dollars will cover the cost for dinner; reserve your space by calling 919-688-2036 or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, December 14 (you can also pay online at dcia.org or at the door).
The JCC Women’s Group will meet on Friday, December 21, 10–11:30am, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Kris Herfkens will give a talk on Memory Care.
The JCC Men’s Group will also meet on Friday, December 21, 10–11:30am. Bill Erwin will give a talk on Family Storytelling. Call 919-354-4936 or click here to see the November calendar.
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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