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KIPP Durham College Preparatory (1107 Holloway St) will host Community Day on Saturday, May 21, 10am–2pm. Kids and their families are invited to enjoy a day out with games, bounce houses, face painting, food, and more. You can also learn about the school (they’re now enrolling for kindergarten and 1st grade). Visit the Facebook event page for more info about this free event.


This month’s Teen Science Café will focus on Our Vanishing Night on Friday, May 20, 5:30pm, at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center (250 E Franklin St, in Chapel Hill). Teens are invited to participate in this worldwide citizen-science project to learn about light pollution and to figure out better designs for streetlights. The guest speaker will be Amy Sayle, PhD, founder and coordinator of the NC Science Festival’s Statewide Star Party. This free event will start off with a pizza party; visit the Facebook event page for more info.


The Durham Partnership for Children will host Roll Up and Enroll on Saturday, May 14, 9am–noon, at the Jim and Carolyn Hunt Child Care Resource Center (1201 S Briggs Ave). Learn about pre-kindergarten for your child, get help filling out your application, and submit your application documents for the 2022–23 school year if you’ve already started the process and got stuck. Click here for more info about this event, and click here to visit the website and to subscribe to their newsletter with helpful tips about early childhood development and local family resources.


The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke (2001 Campus Dr, at Anderson St) will host a K-12 Teacher Workshop on Wednesday, May 11, 4:30–7pm. Join a tour of the current exhibit, Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now, which is made up of more than 100 works that are varied in terms of regional geography and artistic approaches. Juan Logan will be the keynote speaker at 5:15, and you’re invited to also enjoy free food and beverages. Click here to register for this free event; each attendee will earn .3 continuing-education credits.


DeWarren Langley, executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation’s Young Men of Excellence Program, announces that they’re recruiting young men of color from grades 6 to 12 who want to find out what their gifts and passions are, and who want to go to college and attain academic success. Participants in this free College and Career Academy will get mentorship and guidance toward skill-building opportunities (including job-shadowing, community-service projects, and internships) as they prepare themselves for the careers of their choice.

The program offers Career Competency Workshops on the first and third Saturdays (May 7 and 21) from 10 to noon, Academic Tutorial Sessions on the second and fourth Saturdays (May 14 and 28) from 10am to noon, and Career Conversations on the second and fourth Thursdays (April 28, and May 12 and 26) from 6 to 7pm. All sessions will be held on Zoom for now, due to COVID-19. Write to DeWarren Langley at dlangley@charleshamiltonhoustonfoundation.org for more info.


Durham Public Schools’ next Budget Hearing and Board of Education Work Session will be held on Thursday, April 7, 5–8:30pm, in the Fuller Administration Building (511 Cleveland St, Room 307). If you’d like to address the school board, you’ll have 3 minutes for comments; you can sign up when you arrive. (Don’t forget your face mask.) Please note that the elevator is out of order, so DPS will provide a live video feed on the main floor of the Fuller Building (it’s accessible by wheelchair ramp). You’ll still be able to make public statements.


If you’d like to submit a public comment but can’t attend in person, you can fill out this form. You can also watch on cable DPS channel 4 or on YouTube.

Click here to view the Budget Hearing agenda (which starts at 5pm), and click here to view the Meeting agenda (which starts at 6pm).

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Durham Public Schools’ DPS Family Academy will feature an online information session, Find Your Career Pathway, on Tuesday, April 5, 6–7pm. Eligible, ambitious high-school students will be able to go to Durham Tech tuition-free by receiving $1,000 over a 2-year period. Attend this talk and learn about the Durham Tech Promise program. Click here to register; after you sign up, you’ll get the Zoomlink. They’ll have information in Spanish as well. Contact Althia Scriven at 919-560-3816 or Family_Academy@dpsnc.net if you have any questions.

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