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BULL CITY FUTSAL

​The fall season of the Bull City Futsal Academy will begin on Wednesday, November 3. (Futsal is a fast-moving game that looks a lot like soccer; it’s played 5 on a side on a smaller court.) Eastway Elementary, Neal Middle, Githens Middle, Merrick Moore Elementary, Lakewood Elementary, and Southwest Elementary are participating in this free program. There are a few limited spots for students from other schools if they’d like to play in this recreational league. This season, the skill-development sessions will be held at Twin Lakes Park (439 Chandler Rd) on Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 7:30 to 8:30pm. (The time for the November 24 session might change.)
 

  • Boys and girls in grades 2 through 5 can enroll in the Elementary School Academy; click here for more info and to sign up.

  • Boys and girls in grades 6 through 8 can enroll in the Middle School Academy; click here for more info and to sign up.

  • Young men and women in grades 9 through 12 can enroll in the High School Academy; click here for more info and to sign up.


The Bull City Futsal Competitive Program is for young people born between 2007 and 2013 and who are ready to play at a competitive level. There is a sliding-scale fee set up so that the families can pay whatever they can (between $0 and $60). Games will be played in Twin Lakes Park on November 3, 10, 17, and 24. Click here for more info and to sign up.

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POLICE ATHLETIC LEAGUE

​The Police Athletic League (PAL, sponsored locally by the Durham Police Department) holds several fun activities for young people:

  • PAL eSports—Young people ages 5 to 18 are invited to play Rocket League with police officers. Rocket League is free to download and PAL players can use their computers, tablets, or game consoles. This free program will run on first and third Thursdays (November 4 and 18) from 4 to 5pm. Click here to register, and then write to jessica.butler@durhamnc.gov to gain access through the Discord server.

FULL MOON FEVER BIKE RIDE

Durham Parks and Recreation’s Full Moon Fever Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, November 20, starting at Mellow Mushroom (410 Blackwell St). Group 1 will head out on the American Tobacco Trail at 7:30pm to meet up with group 2 in front of Bean Traders (105 W NC Hwy 54) at 8:30pm. Everybody will ride down to the New Hope Church Road Trailhead, and will then turn around and head back. You can choose which group to ride with depending on your stamina (group 1 will ride 32 miles and group 2 will ride 16). Helmets and lights are required; take your mask just in case riders end up being within 6 feet of each other. You’ll probably be out until at least 10:30pm. If it rains, the ride will be canceled. No signup is necessary for participating in this free event; visit the Facebook event page for more info.

BRIDGE II SPORTS

Bridge II Sports will hold their End-of-Year Celebration and open house at their office (3717 Murphy School Rd) on Friday, November 19, 5:30–8pm. Fans and participants of adaptive sports (sports for those with physical disabilities) are invited to celebrate a successful year (despite COVID restrictions) and/or to learn more about programs offered to both kids and adults. Chili and dessert will be served; be sure to click here to reserve your spot. Don’t forget your mask.

DURHAM PARKS AND RECREATION FALL ACTIVITIES AND EVENTS

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Registering/signing up for programs is done mostly online these days. You start out by opening an ActiveNet account—Click here to get the ball rolling or call 919-560-4355 for more info.

  • YBSA (Youth Basketball Skills Academy): Scrimmage (ages 5–8)—Mondays 6–6:45pm, November 8–29, at Walltown Park Recreation Center (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15279; $4.50. Learn teamwork and general game play.

  • YBSA: Advanced Ball Handling (ages 7–12)—Mondays 7–8pm, November 8–29, at Walltown Park Recreation Center (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15278; $6.

Open Gym Basketball
  • Youth Open Gym Basketball (ages 5–12)—Saturdays noon–2pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St); activity code #15640; free

  • Youth Open Gym Basketball (ages 7–12)—Saturdays 4–6pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15245; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays 6–8:30pm, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St); activity code #15060; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 4–6pm; and Sundays 1–4pm, at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave); activity code #15508; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Saturdays 1–3pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15247; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Fridays 6–8pm, Saturdays 3–5pm, and Sundays 1–3pm at Holton (401 S Driver St); activity code #15611; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Saturdays 1–3pm, at Edison Johnson (500 W Murray Ave); activity code #15475; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Mondays–Saturdays 7–9pm, at Weaver St (3000 Weaver St); activity code #15019; free

  • Teen Open Gym Basketball (ages 13–18)—Tuesdays 6–8pm, at WD Hill (1308 Fayetteville St); activity code #15638; free

  • Adult Open Gym Basketball (age 19+)—Saturdays noon–2pm and Sundays 3–5pm, at Holton (401 S Driver St); activity code #15612; free

  • Adult Open Gym Basketball (age 19+)—Sundays 4–6pm, at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave); activity code #15507; $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+

  • Adult Open Gym Basketball (age 19+)—Wednesdays 6–9pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15229; $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+

​​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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Pickleball
  • Pickleball (age 16+)—Tuesdays–Thursdays 12:30–3pm and Saturdays 2–5:30pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15246; $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+

  • Pickleball (age 16+)—Tuesdays–Thursdays 12:30–3pm and Saturdays 2–5:30pm, at Walltown Park (1308 W Club Blvd); activity code #15246; free for ages 16 and 17, $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+

  • Pickleball (age 16+)—Mondays and Fridays 10am–1pm, Tuesdays 6:15–8pm, and Wednesdays 6:30–9:30am, at IR Holmes Sr/Campus Hills (2000 S Alston Ave); activity code #15509; free for ages 16 and 17, $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+

  • Pickleball (age 16+)—Mondays 10am–noon, at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St); activity code #15652; free for ages 16 and 17, $4 for ages 19–54, $3 for age 55+.

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.

PONY RIDE

The Pony Ride starts at Major the Bull in CCB Plaza (201 Corcoran St) at 6:30pm and ends at Ponysaurus Brewing (219 Hood St) on Tuesday, November 9 around 8:15pm. This free, 5- to 8-mile bicycle ride will proceed at a leisurely pace and will be led by Eross Guadalupe. Visit the Facebook event page for more info.