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DURHAM BIKE MONTH

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and run locally by Bike Durham. The goals are to showcase the benefits of bicycling and to encourage people to give it a try, both for recreation and more seriously as commuters. Click here to learn more about Bike Durham. Enjoy the following Bike Month events that will be held in Durham:

  • Bike Month Kickoff Celebration—Sunday, May 1, 2pm, at Hi-Wire Brewing (800 Taylor St, at Golden Belt); meet other bikers at this free social event

  • Bike the Nature Preserves—Saturday, May 14, 2pm. Join this casual, 8.5-mile group ride mostly on bike trails, led by members of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Click here for more info and to sign the Bike Durham Ride Waiver. [POSTPONED FOR NOW, DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER]

  • 20th Anniversary Ride of Silence—Wednesday, May 18, 6pm. Everyone will meet in CCB Plaza (Corcoran and Parrish Sts) and will take a slow, 5-mile ride in silence to honor the lives of bikers and walkers who have lost their lives. Click here to see the route in advance.

  • Raleigh-Durham Chapter of Black Girls Do Bike—Thursday, May 19, 5:30pm. Yevette Yarborough-Trotman and Simone Kellum Hamlett will share their thoughts about being regular cyclists on urban streets and will encourage black girls and women to join them. Click here to register for this free event and to get the Zoom link.

  • Bike to Work Day (Durham to RTP)—Friday, May 20, 8–8:45am (later if you stop by Beyú). Meet in CCB Plaza (Corcoran and Parrish Sts) and join a bike ride southeast to Boxyard RTP to learn about the trails around Research Triangle Park and surrounding counties. Afterwards, feel free to head over to Beyú Caffé for complimentary pastries and coffee. Click here to see the route in advance.

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LIFEGUARDING CLASSES

Durham Parks and Recreation (and others) are always looking to hire lifeguards during the summer season. Here are some 4-day Lifeguarding classes, which the American Red Cross will hold at Duke University’s Recreation Department (117 Wilson Center). Each series of four classes costs $250; minimum age is 15. Click here for more info and to sign up:

  • Thursday, April 28, 5–10:30pm; Friday, April 29, 5–10:30pm; Saturday, April 30, 9am–6pm; and Sunday, May 1, 9am–6pm 

  • Thursday, May 5, 5–10:30pm; Friday, May 6, 5–10:30pm; Saturday, May 21, 9am–6pm; and Sunday, May 8, 9am–6pm

  • Thursday, May 19, 5–10:30pm; Friday, May 20, 5–10:30pm; Saturday, May 21, 9am–6pm; and Sunday, May 22, 9am–6pm

  • Thursday, June 2, 5–10:30pm; Friday, June 3, 5–10:30pm; Saturday, June 4, 9am–6pm; and Sunday, June 5, 9am–6pm.

DISC GOLF

Basket Bashers Disc Golf and The Glass Jug Beer Lab are cohosting a Disc Golf Pop-Up in Durham Central Park (501 Foster St) on Wednesday, May 4, 6:30pm. Learn how to play on the temporary 9-hole disc golf putting course. It’s free to play and learn, and if you really get into the sport, Basket Bashers will have discs and gear for sale. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

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The Raleigh-Durham Spark Golf group will have their next league outing at the Lochmere Golf Club (2511 Kildaire Farm Rd, in Cary) on Mondays, 5–7:30pm. Spark Golf is a 9-hole casual golf league that welcomes all levels of play. You can join for free and pay for league rounds every week or get a discount when paying in advance. Visit the Facebook event page for more info, and click here to get info on the other local leagues.

The Twilight Golf Association will host the Wednesday Twilight League at Falls Village Golf Club (115 Falls Village Ln) from 5 to 8pm. Golfers at all skill levels are invited to play 9 holes of golf by forming teams with three additional golfers. Enjoy some friendly competition and improve your skills. Click here for more info and to register.

The Twilight Golf Association will host the Wednesday Twilight League at Hillandale Golf Course (1600 Hillandale Rd) from 5:15 to 8pm. Golfers at all skill levels are invited to play 9 holes of golf by forming teams with three additional golfers. Enjoy some friendly competition and improve your skills. Click here for more info and to register.

NC COYOTES BASKETBALL

The East Coast Basketball League made its debut in 2015 as a men’s semiprofessional basketball minority league. The team representing Durham is the North Carolina Coyotes, led by Coach Robert Espinoza. Home games are held at Voyager Academy (101 Hock Parc Ln, off Ben Franklin Blvd). The Coyotes are the 2021 Mid-South Conference Champions. Enjoy some scrappy, heads-up basketball by supporting the team; admission to home games is $10 (free for students who play AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball). Click here to follow and learn more about the team.

 

Here are the upcoming games:

  • NC Coyotes vs NC Capitals—Saturday, May 7, away game

  • NC Coyotes vs Rowan County Bulls—Sunday, May 15, 4pm, home game

  • NC Coyotes vs Fayetteville Panthers—Sunday, May 22, away game.

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ADAPTIVE SPORTS 

Bridge II Sports (3717 Murphy School Rd) is a nonprofit that introduces sports to people with physical disabilities of all ages (kids, adults, and veterans). Have fun and add to your quality of life by participating in the activities they offer in Durham (at their facility except where noted otherwise). Click here to learn more about Bridge II Sports:

  • Archery Session 1—Learn the basics of this Paralympic sport; $10 (free for Bridge II Sports members); Saturdays 9–10am; click here for April 30; click here for May 7; click here for May 14

  • Archery Session 2—Saturdays 10:15–11:15am; click here for April 30; click here for May 7; click here for May 14     

  • Air Rifle—Learn the basics of this Paralympic sport; $10 (free for Bridge II Sports members); Saturdays 11:15am–12:15pm; click here for April 30; click here for May 7; click here for May 14.

DURHAM SOFTBALL

The spring season of Durham Softball is underway. Games are held on Sundays starting at 10:30am in Pineywood Park (5999 Woodlake Dr). Admission is free for these fun outdoor games, and player/team registration fees plus donations from the fans help local nonprofit partners (teams).

Here’s the game schedule for Sunday, May 22:

  • Girls on the Run of the Triangle vs Vets to Vets United, 10:30am

  • Animal Protection Society of Durham vs Meals on Wheels of Durham, 11:45am

  • Don’t Waste Durham vs South Durham Little League, 1pm

  • PORCH-Durham vs Josh’s Hope, 2:15pm

  • Crayons2Calculators vs Central Piedmont Community Action of NC, 3:30pm

  • Miracle League of the Triangle vs Housing for New Hope, 4:45pm.

Here’s the game schedule for Sunday, May 29:

  • Animal Protection Society of Durham vs Girls on the Run of the Triangle, 10:30am

  • Crayons2Calculators vs Josh’s Hope, 11:45am

  • Housing for New Hope vs PORCH-Durham, 1pm

  • Vets to Vets United vs Miracle League of the Triangle, 2:15pm

  • South Durham Little League vs Central Piedmont Community Action of NC, 3:30pm

  • Meals on Wheels of Durham vs Don’t Waste Durham, 4:45pm.

 

Click here for more info.

FULL MOON FEVER BIKE RIDE

Durham Parks and Recreation will host the Full Moon Fever Bike Ride on Saturday, May 14. Most riders will meet at Bean Traders (105 W Hwy 54, Suite 249) for the 8:30pm start; those who want to get in an extra 15 miles will start at 7:30pm from Mellow Mushroom (410 Blackwell St). Helmets and lights are absolutely required; this ride will be at a leisurely pace and no one will be left behind. The group will ride together going south on the American Tobacco Trail; if it rains, the ride will be canceled. The ride is scheduled to end around 10:30pm, and social-distancing will be practiced. No signup is necessary for participating in this free event; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION WINTER ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS
Basketball
  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)

    • Lyon Park (1309 Halley St)—Tuesdays and Thursdays 6–8:30pm, and Saturdays 1–2pm; activity code #15676; free

    • IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave): Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 4–6pm; activity code #15899; free

    • Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd): Sundays 1–3pm; activity code #15817; free

    • Holton (401 S Driver St): Mondays 6–8:30pm, Fridays 6–9pm, and Saturdays 10am–1:30pm; activity code #16176; free

    • WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St); activity code #15980; free

  • Night Flight Free Basketball League (ages 13–18)

    • IR Holmes/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6–9pm; activity code #15802​

    • Edison Johnson (500 Murray Ave)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6–9pm; activity code #15806

    • Lyon Park (1309 Halley St)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6–9pm; activity code #15805

    • WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6:30–9:30pm; activity code #16232

    • Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6–9pm; activity code #15807

    • Weaver Street (3000 E Weaver St)—Fridays, February 11–April 29, 6–9pm; activity code #15800

  • Mature Adult Open Gym Basketball (age 55+)—Thursdays 5–8:30pm, at Holton (401 S Driver St); activity code #16181; free

  • Adult Open Gym Basketball (age 19+)—Wednesdays 6–9pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15794; $4.

Pickleball (age 18+)
  • WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St)—Fridays noon–3pm; activity code #15984; free

  • IR Holmes/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave)—Mondays 10am–1pm, Tuesdays 6:15–8:15pm, Wednesdays 6:30–9:30am, Fridays 10am–1pm; activity code #15893; free 

  • Lyon Park (1309 Halley St)—Mondays 10am–noon; activity code #15771; free 

  • Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd) (age 16+)—Tuesdays–Thursdays 12:30–3pm, Saturdays 2–5:30pm; activity code #15816; free

Teens
  • Games Over Gangs (ages 13–18)—Holton (401 N Driver St); Wednesday, February 9, 1–4pm; activity code #16173; free

  • Open Rec (ages 13–19)—Lyon Park (1309 Halley St); Monday–Friday 6–8:30pm, Saturdays 9:30am–2pm; activity code #15679; free

  • Online Music Writing (ages 12–18)—Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd);
    Saturdays January 8–29, 10–11am; activity code #16000; free

  • Teen Night (ages 13–18)

    • WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St)—Fridays 6–9pm; activity code #15981; free

    • Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd)—Fridays 6–9pm; activity code #15818; free

    • Holton (401 N Driver St)—Fridays 6–9pm; activity code #16166; free

    • Weaver Street (3000 E Weaver St)—Fridays 7–10pm; activity code #15812; free.

​​Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend an outdoor DPR event and the weather’s iffy, just call the DPR Weather Line or visit their Facebook page to see whether the event has been cancelled.

Sign up for programs online first by opening an ActiveNet account: Click here to get the ball rolling.

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Various activities
  • Line Dancing—IR Holmes (2000 S Alston Ave); Fridays 9–10am; activity code #15882; free

  • Chinese Shotokan Karate

    • (beginners ages 6–12)—Edison Johnson (500 Murray Ave); Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 11–February 17, 6:15–7:15pm; activity code #15828; free

    • (beginners age 13+)—Edison Johnson (500 Murray Ave); Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 11–February 17, 7:15–8:15pm; activity code #15831; free

  • Youth Hip Hop Dance (ages 7–12)—Holton (401 N Driver St); Mondays, January 10–February 7, 6–6:45pm; activity code #16131; free

  • Drumming Class (ages 8–12)—Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); Fridays, January 14–February 18, 6–6:45pm; activity code #15821; $6.75

  • Tae Kwon Do (age 16+)—Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); Wednesdays, January 12–February 16, 6:30–8pm; activity code #15995; free.

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EAST DURHAM RUN CLUB

Runners, both beginners and experienced, are invited to join the East Durham Run Club, a weekly event cosponsored by Hi-Wire Brewing Durham and Fleet Feet Carrboro/Durham. The untimed run sessions kick off at 6:30pm every Tuesday from Hi-Wire (800 Taylor St, on the far northwest corner of Golden Belt; enter on Taylor off N Alston St or off Main St near Fayetteville St and drive around). Join your group of 10—depending on whether you choose to run 3 or 5 miles and also your pace (running speed). Afterwards, physical therapists from Upright Athlete will be available in the massage and recovery area. Click here to sign up for this free event and to be added to the email list.

DURHAM NC PARKRUN

If you like to run for fun, join Durham NC parkrun. Once you register, you can take part in timed 5k runs on Saturdays starting at 8am in Southern Boundaries Park (100 Third Fork Dr). Print out your barcode from the website so the officials can give you your time. Check out the course here, and click here to sign up/print out your barcode. It’s free; click here to see typical questions asked of the volunteer organizers (or simply write to durhamnchelpers@parkrun.com with your questions. Some of the runners relax after the weekly run at Foster’s Market in Durham (2694 Durham–Chapel Hill Blvd (aka Hwy 15-501))—if you have the time, feel free to join them.

PONY RUN CLUB

The weekly Pony Run starts at and returns to Ponysaurus Brewing (219 Hood St) every Thursday from 5:30 to around 7:30pm. You can choose either the 3-mile or 5-mile route and run at your own pace during this free event. Click here for COVID info and click here to sign up.

SATURDAY MORNING RUNCLUB

The Bull City Running Co will host the Saturday Morning RunClub from 8 to 10am; runners are encouraged to meet at either store (501 Washington St or 202 W Hwy 54). Participants of all ages and running at all paces are welcome to join in, and they can choose routes of 3 to 10+ miles. Be ready to wear a face covering before and after the run and whenever you’re 6 feet or less away from other people. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

INDOOR DISC GOLF PUTTING LEAGUE

Hi-Wire Brewing Durham (800 Taylor St, in Golden Belt) will host the Indoor Disc Golf Putting League on Mondays from 6 to 10pm. Take your own putters (discs) and pay $6 to perfect your aim. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

WOMEN’S EXERCISE CLASSES

Bahama Baptist Church (7917 Willardville Station Rd, in Bahama) will host a Let’s Get Moving women’s exercise class every Thursday from 7 to 8pm. Take your yoga mat or towel and be prepared to move (all fitness levels welcome) during this free class. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.