Basketball camp for kids
Basketball JAM/Basketball Camp for Kids (ages 5–12) is being held on Wednesdays through December 19 (6:30–7:30pm) at Durham Memorial Baptist Church (133 Robbins Rd). Boys and girls can learn the rules of the game and develop (or improve) their basic skills; they’ll also have devotional time, snack, and water. It’s free; call 919-596-7350 for more info.
Heart & Sole Mall Walkers
Lots of folks join the Heart & Sole Mall Walkers Club and walk at their leisure in Northgate Mall (1058 W Club Blvd) anytime between 7am and 9pm Monday through Saturday and between 9am and 6pm on Sundays. Stop by the Food Gallery on Tuesday, December 11, 8:30am, for the free monthly breakfast and info session about the Durham YMCA before starting your morning walk. Call 919-286-4400 or click here for more info.
Neighborhood Bicycle Boulevards Meeting
The City of Durham will host a Neighborhood Bicycle Boulevards Meeting on Tuesday, December 11, 4:30–6:30pm, at Forest Hills Park (1639 University Dr). Learn about the City’s plans to prioritize bicycle travel along certain neighborhood streets at the drop-in meeting and share your thoughts and concerns.
Some of the proposed routes are Arnette Ave/Hermitage Ct (connecting W Chapel Hill St and University Dr), E Forest Hills Blvd/W Enterprise St (connecting University Dr and the American Tobacco Trail), Glendale Ave (connecting the Duke Park Trail and W Corporation St), Otis St/Formosa Ave/Concord St/Brant St (connecting the American Tobacco Trail and North Carolina Central University), Spruce St (connecting Juniper St and Southgate St), Southgate St/Maple St/Ashe St (connecting Spruce St and Driver St), Taylor St (connecting Elizabeth St and Maple St), Watts St (connecting Main St and W Club Blvd), and W Corporation St/Cleveland St/Dowd St/Gurley St/Gray Ave/Hanover St/Juniper St (connecting Glendale Ave and Spruce St).
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Middle school basketball battle royale
FOOTPRINTS, a youth sports program, will host the 4th annual North Carolina Middle School Basketball Showcase on Sunday, December 16, at Kestrel Heights School (4900 Prospectus Dr). Many of the top players from local public, private, and charter middle schools will battle it out on the court. Tickets are $10; call Jawann Baker at 919-521-0572 for more info. FOOTPRINTS stands for For Our Objectives To Progress, Responsibility Is Needed To Succeed.
The next Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 7pm, in City Hall’s 2nd-floor Committee Room (101 City Hall Plaza).
Heels in Motion mall walkers
Start your walking routine by joining Heels in Motion, the mall-walkers at Streets at Southpoint Mall (6910 Fayetteville Rd). The mall opens for walkers Monday–Saturday at 8am (and closes at 9pm), and Sundays at 10am (closes at 7pm). Stop in at the Food Court on Wednesday, December 26, 8am, for the free breakfast and health talk before starting your morning walk. Call 919-572-6450 or click here for more info; sign up at any time at the Welcome Center on the ground floor. They keep a notebook on the desk where you can keep track of your mileage every day.
Winter fitness and fun
This is just a tiny sample of the sports and fitness activities offered by Durham Parks and Recreation. See the online version of the Play More catalog elsewhere on this page. You can sign up for activities online or by stopping by the DPR office (400 Cleveland St); call 919-560-4355 for more info.
ADULT OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (age 18–54); free for age 18, $4 ages 19–54)
GIRLS TEEN OPEN GYM (ages 13–18); free (pickup basketball games)
HIP HOP LINE DANCE (ages 18–53); free age 18, $4 ages 19–53
OPEN REC (ages 13–18); free (play billiards, foosball, darts, and board games)
PICKLEBALL (age 16+); free for ages 16–18, $4 ages 19–54, $3 age 55+
SUNDAY FLAG FOOTBALL (ages 13–18); free
TEEN NIGHT (ages 13–18); free (play basketball and videogames, surf the ’net, and enjoy music and dancing)
TEEN OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 13–18); free
YOUNG ADULT OPEN GYM BASKETBALL (ages 18–33) free
Line dance classes
If you want to get into shape, get ready for the upcoming wedding and family-reunion season, or just have fun with friends, you can join any of several line dance classes being offered around town:
LCHC Walk Club
The Lincoln Community Health Center Walk Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9–10am, at WD Hill Recreation Center (1308 Fayetteville St). Call 919-956-4000 for more info.
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 email@example.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.
Did you know that Durham Parks and Recreation has a Weather Line at 919-560-4636? If you’re planning to attend a 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 account: Go to DPRPlayMore.org, click on “Register Online,” and then click on “Request New Account” in the upper right-hand corner.
High Ropes Discovery Day is Saturday, December 8 at Bethesda Park (1814 Stage Rd). Learn how to navigate the high ropes course, with some obstacles reaching 55 feet in the air. This activity is a real team- and confidence-builder. The fee is $8 and participants must be at least 7 years old; call Durham Parks and Recreation at 919-560-4355 for more info.