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 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.
Jewish seniors are invited to participate in the Levin Jewish Community Center’s Chaverim/Friends event on Wednesday, January 8, 11am–1pm. Hollis Gauss will lead a talk on Kabbalah, the Tradition of Jewish Mysticism. Seven dollars covers the cost for lunch. RSVP with Jordana Brown by calling 919-354-4924 or by writing to email@example.com by Monday, January 6. Click here to see more events on the JCC’s current 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, January 14, 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 Wednesday, January 15, 10–11:30am, 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 Thursday, January 16, 7–8:30pm. Write to email@example.com with any questions you might have.
The JCC Women’s Group (for retirees) will meet on Friday, January 17, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Renee Rauch will give a talk on What We Watch on TV.
The JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will also meet on Friday, January 17, 10:30am–noon. John Canzanella will give a talk on World War I.
These events are free for JCC members and $3 for guests. Click here to view more events on the current calendar.
The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham’s next Community Luncheon Roundtable will be held in Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall (107 N Driver St); enter through the back entrance) on Thursday, January 23, noon–1pm. Discuss community issues and forge partnerships with others who want to work toward positive change. Lunch is free, thanks to CORE Catering. Call Ben Haas at 919-358-1113 or click here for more info.
Durham Congregations in Action’s Annual Banquet will be held on Thursday, January 30, 6–8pm, at Judea Reform Congregation (1933 W Cornwallis Rd). The keynote speaker, UNC–Chapel Hill professor Dr Blair LM Kelley, will talk about Our Struggle for Racial Justice. If you have special dietary needs, you can choose the Mediterranean or vegetarian option. Fifteen dollars will cover the cost for dinner; reserve your space by calling 919-688-2036, by clicking the “Donate” button on DCiA’s website, or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, January 27. (You can also pay at the door.)
The JCC Women’s Group and JCC Men’s Group (for retirees) will have a joint meeting on Friday, February 7, 10:30am–noon, at the Levin Jewish Community Center (1937 W Cornwallis Rd). Ed Halperin will give a talk on The Pornographic Anatomy Book: The Publication, Boycott, and Disappearance of the textbook, “The Anatomical Basis of Medical Practice.”
This event is free for JCC members and $3 for guests. Click here to view more events on the current calendar.
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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